Lexi and Eve Whitaker
Lexi Whitaker

Harrogate Grammar School’s fell running success

5 January 2020

The English Schools Fell Running Championships were recently held at Giggleswick on a particularly tough course. The weather conditions and flooded river made the running especially hard going with 5 athletes from Harrogate Grammar School finishing the demanding courses.

Harrogate Grammar School student’s Caleb Ayelsbury and Jessica Tang represented the school in the year 7 race, Amelie Ayelesbury ran in the year 8/9 event with sisters Lexi and Eve Whitaker racing each other in the year 10/11 race. Eve retained her English Schools fell running crown adding this to her English fell running and Yorkshire Fell running championship titles for 2019.

Lexi has had a fantastic season achieving 3rd U17 Girl and first English athlete at the Junior Home International held in Wales in September. This was her first England vest and she was also first English female home in the U19 age group, helping the team to a Silver medal.

She also won the U17 Girls English and Yorkshire Fell Running Championships in 2019.

Lexi and Eve Whitaker
Eve Whitaker

She was also 25th in her first year in the Youth Category of the Inter regionals Triathlon Championships held in September at Mallory Park. Her final ranking after a full year of racing is 35th in the UK.

Eve has also had a highly successful season achieving 4th Tristar Girl at the Inter regionals Triathlon Championships held in September at Mallory Park, rounding off a superb year of racing at national events.

If anyone fancies getting muddy and giving fell running a go have a look at the Harrogate Harriers Junior Fell Running website for training dates: https://www.harrogate-harriers.co.uk/juniors/fell-running

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