Following her first place at the home countries selection race last weekend Graihagh Turner received a call this week to confirm she had been selected for the England girls under17 fell running team. The selection is all the more impressive given Graihagh is only fourteen years of age.
Four hardy souls took on the tough Holme Moss fell race in extremely wet conditions. The race takes place in the northern fringes of the Peak District and is 18 miles in distance over tough terrain and involved over 3,000 feet of climbing. James Fryers was just outside the top ten in eleventh place but still managed to claim first in the men’s under23 age category in a time of 3-03-49. The other three runners taking part were Steve Sanders 65th; 3-53-41), Chris Hodgson (81st; 4-01-52) and Simon Pike (83rd; 4-02-42).
Thursday saw the latest running of the Silkstone Shuffle. Simon Pike was inside the top ten finishers placing seventh in a time of 31-36. First lady back for Penistone was Jo Boreham in 42-06. There were age category wins for Suzanne McGill (over40 ladies), Jo Boreham (over50 ladies), Barbara Haigh (over70 ladies) and Ray Brown (over80 men).
George Parr placed sixth in the Nostell Priory 10k in a time of 38-00. In the Sale Sizzler 5k John Broom ran a time of 20-15 which was his fastest time at the distance for four years. In the same race John’s wife Dawn grabbed first place in the ladies over55 age category in a time of 21-11.
Five Penistone runners completed the Blackamoor Chase fell race in the Peak District. First back for the club was Steve Sanders in 30th place which was good enough for fourth in the men’s over50 age category. First lady back was Olivia Bagley who was seventh lady overall and fourth in the ladies open age category. Steve Storey finished third in the men’s over60 age category.
On the parkrun scene there were first places for George Parr (Penistone) and Graihagh Turner (Penistone). Alex Melhuish was second at the Hellbrun parkrun in Germany.