THERE was a record turn out of runners in the Gargrave Show fell races on Saturday.

A total of 97 runners lined up in the Senior race despite announcer Roger Ingham's attempts to coax three more to bring up the 100

The multi-terrain course attracts competitors from all over the country and this year was no exception.

Three Scots were on the podium in the senior race and many counties were represented including Derbyshire, Devon, Berkshire and Suffolk.

The Preece family from Shropshire were camping in Gargrave and five of the clan were competing,

Maggie and Charlie were the most successful claiming prizes in the under-14s race.

Two Senior entrants from America and one from Zimbabwe also tackled the ascent of Sharphaw, a real experience and not something they had envisaged when they initially planned a visit to see their English relatives.

The Reeday brothers from Hetton dominated the first two junior races. Isaac was the winner of the under-nines race and brother Jacob defended his title with a win in the under-12s slicing almost a minute off last year's time.

Fellow Barlick fell runner Will Peace, a newcomer to the sport, impressed with his second position in the under nines category.

The girls gave the boys a real run for their money in the first two races. Harriet Williams of Otley AC was the first girl home in the under-nines and Martha Jackson was first girl in the under-12s in third position overall.

Her time would have seen her take overall first position in last year's race.

Telford AC runner 12-year-old Charlie Preece was the victor in the under 14 category and his sister Maggie was the second girl home.

Otley AC runner, the talented Charlotte Rawstron won the girls race while fellow team mate George Chambers was the second male runner.

The under-17s race was run alongside the senior event as the day's events had got a little behind schedule due to a larger than normal turn out in the horse jumping which also takes place in the main ring prior to the commencement of the fell race.

The under-17 course is a shorter one than the senior one so in essence it worked well as the spectators didn’t have a gap between waiting for the runners in two separate races to return home.

Jack Villiers of Barlick Fell runners made sure of that when he was the first under-17 home in a time of 13.35.

International runner Alice Jones was the first girl to return. Gargrave runner Katie Atkinson was second and first local girl while her brother Will was first local boy.

Hot on their heels was the senior race winner 27-year-old Alasdair McLeod a member of Leeds City AC.

Primarily an International Orienteer, Alisdair makes a fell run look seemingly effortless and he was only 24 seconds outside the race record of 21.21 set by Robert Hope back in 1999.

He was the winner of the Penyghent Fell race earlier on in the summer and he made that look like a walk in the park too.

Fellow Scots made up the winning trio of males with Alasdair Anthony from Edinburgh in second place and fellow T Riser club mate Ross Houston from Ruthin in third.

Jim Roberts flew the flag for the English and for Gargrave as he was both the first local runner and the first male over fifty.

There was a strong run from the leading lady 23-year-old Wharfedale Harrier Pippa Barrett, second was team mate Monica Padilla and third was Miranda Bower.

The first local lady was Alison Eagle from Winterburn. Alison was also the first lady Veteran over 50. Gargrave`s Jayne Butterfield was close on her heels .

Prize Winners: Under-nines - Boys: 1 Isaac Reeday (Barlick Fell Runners) 6.50, 2 Will Peace (Barlick Fell Runners) 7.08, 3 Axel Dinshaw (Keighley and Craven) 7.22. Girls: 1 Harriet Williams (Otley AC) 7.45, 2 Francesca Bagot (Settle AC) 7.53, 3 Isabelle Attwell (Skoughton).

Under-12s - boys: 1 Jacob Reeday (Barlick Fell Runners) 5.48 2 Jack Lamb (Chorley) 5.57, 3 Aston Brogden (Otley AC) 6.32 First Local: Frederic Moorhouse-Smith 8.26. Girls: 1. Martha Jackson (Unattached) 6.03, 2 Lucille Pickles (Barlick Fell runners) 6.43, 3 Charlotte Chambers (Otley AC) 7.06, First Local: Maddie Moorhouse-Smith 8.00.

Under-14s Boys: 1 Charlie Preece (Telford AC) 9.57, 2 George Chambers (Otley AC ) 11.12 , 3 Benjamin Grundy 14.25. No local runner. Girls: 1 Charlotte Rawstron (Otley AC) 10.18, 2 Maggie Preece (Telford AC) 10.35, 3 Amelie Lane (Wharfedale Harrier) 10.49, First Local: Amelie Lane.

Under-17s - Boys: 1 Jack Villiers (Barlick Fell Runners) 13.35, 2 Hamish Wills (Wharfedale Harriers) 14.56, 3 Jensen Brogden (Otley AC) 16.19. First Local: Will Atkinson (Keighley & Craven) 17.10. Girls: 1 Alice Jones (Wharfedale Harriers )14.05, 2 Katie Atkinson (Keighley and Craven) 17.20, 3 Angelina Bairstow (Keighley and Craven) 18.22. First Local: Katie Atkinson.

Seniors: Males: 1 Alasdair McLeod (Leeds City AC) 21.45, 2 Alasdair Anthony (T Riser) 23.42, 3 Ross Houston (T Riser) 24.44. First Local and First Veteran Over-50: Jim Roberts (Keighley and Craven) 27.51.

Females: 1 Pippa Barrett (Wharfedale Harriers) 28.17, 2 Monica Padilla (Wharfedale Harrier) 29.30, 3 Miranda Bower (Unattached) 30.36. First local and first veteran Over-50: 1 Alison Eagle (Unattached) 33.33.

Trophies: Silentnight Trophy Senior Winner: Alasdair McLeod .

McKell Trophy awarded to the highest placed local male from any category: Will Atkinson.

Weatherill Shield awarded to the highest-placed local female from any category: Amelie Lane.