ALICE Jones was once again the star of the show as she added another impressive win to her tally of victories on Saturday.

This time the talented Skipton Girls High School runner triumphed while running for North Yorkshire in the Inter-County Cross Country at Kirkby Stephen.

She was at the lower end of Year 8/9 age group, but that proved no handicap.

The Lothersdale girl set off in typically determined fashion and led up the first hill.

There was simply no stopping her as she again pulled away from a talented field to record Craven’s only individual victory.

Alice appears to be some talent as she has won at Ripon on a fast and flat course, through the mud at Knowsley Park and now over a hilly course in the Northern Pennines.

It will be interesting to see how well she performs on the national stage at Norwich in March.

Alice had two fellow Skipton Girls runners in close attendance. Lilli Carr came fourth and Ruby Firth was 13th.

They were instrumental in recording North Yorkshire’s only team victory on the day.

Craven’s next best performance was from Upper Wharfedale’s Sam Headley, who like all the other Y7 runners, was representing his county for the first time.

He was contending for the lead but ended up having to settle for third place. Ermysted’s Andrew Robinson was 25th, South Craven’s Addison Willis 26th, Ermysted’s Rohan Smith 47th and his colleague Donabhan Rudden came 50th.

The Year 7 girls race saw Skipton Girls High School's Emma Peel gain the local bragging rights as she finished 26th. South Craven’s Scarlett Metcalfe was 32nd and Mia Petrucci of Skipton Girls High School was 39th.

Ermysted’s had five runners in the Junior Boys (Y8/9) race. Alex Thompson, Arthur Peel and Will Atkinson were aiming for the final two berths in the English Schools’ team.

Alex set off at the sharp end of the race. He dropped a few places but came seventh overall and was the first of the North Yorkshire runners. He should have done enough to secure selection but Arthur Peel in 15th and Will Atkinson 28th will miss out.

The other two Ermysted’s athletes had contrasting fortunes. Sebastian Seggar-Staveley was ninth but Charlie Wood didn’t finish as he felt a pull in his hamstring. South Craven’s Finlay Whitehead came 39th.

Giggleswick’s Tom Humphreys was unlucky not to get automatic selection in the intermediate boys age group at Ripon last month when he came seventh, but he did all he could as he came back first of the North Yorkshire runners in 17th.

Ermysted’s Tom Barrett, who missed the Ripon race through injury, was 23rd ahead of team-mate Sam Jackson 38th, Settle’s Ryan Watmough 55th and Ermysted’s Will Thompson 65th.

Skipton Girls’ Katie Atkinson also had a good run for 20th place and was second of the North Yorkshire runners to boost her chances of an English Schools place.

Her school-mate Emily Jones, who was 25th on Saturday, is already in the team after coming fourth at Ripon.

Craven’s smallest representation was in the senior races. Giggleswick’s Euan Ogilvie had a good run to finish 19th with Ermysted’s Alex Ashby coming home 28th.

In the Senior Girls Craven College’s Victoria Merrick was 35th.