Wharfedale's Ted Mason used all his fell running abilities to storm home, in front of 56 other senior runners, at Saturday's Alva Games Fell Race. The day started out as the perfect Scottish summer's day, by the time the seniors ran there was torrential rain adding to the Highland challenge. This classic race has all the necessary ingredients of a lung-busting ascent, followed by a hair-raising, sharp, buttock bouncing descent.
Ted's win steals the crown held by Alastair Dunn of Helm Hill since 2006, and notches up another impressive win for his 2014 season so far. The win also relegated Alastair to second place with Sam Watson of Wharfedale Harriers being third man home.
The first lady to slide down the sheer incline, made more treacherous by the rain, was Ambleside's Hazel Robinson with Christina Rankin of Kilbarchan in second and Judith James third.
The U17s contended with heavy rain as they scrambled up to the top of this steep sided fell. The equally steep descent revealed the first boy in the arena to be Thomas Nelson, with brothers Harry and George Muir in second and third places. All three are from Wharfedale Harriers. The first and only girl back to the arena was Wharfedale's Ellamae Gibson.
The U14's merely had to deal with drizzle as they took on this Scottish Fell adventure. The first three boys, all of Wharfedale Harriers, were Robbie Johnstone, Logan Hargreaves-Madhas and Adam Gibson. First girl home was Kate Gallagher of Central AC with Wharfedale Harriers' Keera Nelson second.
The combined U12s and U9s had it comparatively easy as they raced first, and in the sun. First boy was Kendal's Fraser Sproul, followed by Settle Harriers' Thomas Marshall and Wharfedale Harriers' Jack Muir in third place. The first girl back to the arena was Lauryn Gregg of Rossendale Harriers and second was Wharfedale Harriers' Mollie Smith.