FOUR course records were set in the Cracoe Fell Races on terrain that varied from firm grass, peaty bogs and a strategically-placed trailer.

A total of 81 seniors and 133 juniors took part, and the seniors and under-17s also had to contend with strong winds over Cracoe Fell to the war memorial at Watt Cragg.

Wharfedale Harriers set two of the new marks, with Alexander Thompson winning the under-12 boys' race in 7min 47sec and Helena Roberts taking the under-nine girls' race in 3min 14sec, beating all the boys.

Despite the differing conditions underfoot, there was also a course record in the senior men's race, Simon Bailey (Mercia Runners) recording 19.38 min to beat Wharfedale's Ted Mason (20.53), who took a slightly different descent of the fell, and clubmate Jack Smith (21.27).

The first three in the women's race were Helm Hill’s Hannah Russell (27.26), Wharfedale’s Emma Hopkinson (28.30) and Barlick Fell Runners’ Angela Donlan.

The under-17s, who ran their own race over the same course as the seniors, provided the fourth record via Blackburn Harriers' Joshua Boyle in 22.11.

Second was Wharfedale’s Thomas Nelson (22.18) and third Bingley Harriers’ Matthew Merrick (22.54).

Keeping fell running success in the family, his sister Victoria was first girl in 27.33, followed by clubmate Eliza Findlay (29.13) and Wharfedale’s Ellie Lambert (29.21).

The under-14 race, which ventured on to the base of the fell before returning the way it came, was won by Keighley and Craven’s Joe Hudson (16.46), with Wharfedale’s Logan Hargreaves-Madhas second (17.32), while Joe's clubmate and younger brother Louis was third (17.43).

First girl was Clayton-le-Moors’ Briony Holt (18.26), repeating her 2014 win, while Rossendale Harriers’ Lauryn Gregg pipped Helm Hill’s Katie Thurlow, both recording 20.05.

The minor placings in the under-12 boys' race went to Wharfedale's Sam Smith (8.09) and Clayton-le-Moors’ Jackson McKay (8.17), while there was a battle to the finish in the girls’ race as Wharfedale’s Charlotte Barrett just beat Broughton Runners’ Emily Swarbrick, both clocking 9.03, while Hoad Hill Runners’ Olesia Winder was five seconds back in third.

Second girls' under-nine was Hoad Hill's Bethan Saunders (3.24), with Keighley and Craven’s Hannah Robinson third (3.30).

First boy, and second overall, was Clayton-le-Moors' Jenson Bentham (3.15), ahead of Broughton Runners’ Alex Graham (3.20) and Charlie Dawson, who was a second adrift.