CRAVEN runners secured five individual wins in the Harrogate and Craven Area Cross-Country Championships at Ripon Grammar School.

The best runners earn selection for Harrogate & Craven for the Yorkshire Championships from which the team for the English Schools individual event is chosen.

Skipton Academy’s Eibhlis Price was the first Craven girl home in the Year 7 race in eighth place with Settle College’s Daisy Pilkington ninth and South Craven’s Anna Fryer’s 12th. All three will be selected with guest spots likely for Helena Roberts and Catrina Fergusson both from South Craven.

The boys making the team were Settle’s Jimmy Howarth in fifth, Ermysted’s Donnabhan Rudden sixth and Sam Maloan from Upper Wharfedale in tenth.

Guest spots will probably go to Aryaan Ghafoor and Dougie Seggar-Staveley both of Ermysted’s who helped their team to third place.

The Year 8 and Year 9 age groups share a team in the County Championships, so they run the same course and distance with times used from the two races to pick the top 12 and four guests.

Skipton Girls High School dominated the Year 8 race. Harisah Ghafoor took the silver medal with Emma Peel finishing sixth and Mia Petrucci seventh. They also won the team competition with Emily Shuttleworth in 17th. Beth Morley of Settle took the individual bronze medal.

Alice Jones of Skipton Girls High School won the Year 9 girls race and her team-mate Lilli Carr secured selection with a fourth-place finish.

The Year 8 boys were led home by Upper Wharfedale’s Sam Headley with Ermysted’s duo of bronze medalist Donnabhan Rudden, third, and fifth-placed Rohan Smith making the area team.

South Craven’s Sam Smith became the region’s third individual winner in the Year 9 race. He was followed home by the impressive Ermysted’s runners.

Alex Thompson and Jath Lee picked up the silver and bronze medals respectively with their team-mates Ben Rees fifth and Will Atkinson sixth ensuring Ermysted’s took the team title.

The guest runners are likely to include Hamish Wills, another Ermysted’s athlete.

Skipton Girls had four runners in the top 12 in the Year 10 and 11 as they took second place in the team event.

Ruby Firth was fourth, Emily Jones fifth, Katie Atkinson 11th and Angelina Bairstow 12th.

Giggleswick’s Maddie Rocliffe-King should expect a guest spot.

The Craven boys dominated the Year 10 and 11 age group. They occupied eight of the first nine places with six of those runners coming from Ermysted’s.

Ermysted’s had all three medallists as Harvey Lewis won, Sebastian Seggar-Staveley took silver and Arthur Peel, bronze.

Their team-mates Will Thompson fifth, Laurie Petrucci seventh, Joe Carnelley eighth and Charlie Wood 12th, meant that they were so dominant in the team competition that their B team would have beaten any other school.

South Craven’s Jack Muir fourth and Settle’s Rhys Watmough ninth should join them in the area team while South Craven’s Morgan Webster and Ermysted’s Tom Horsley could get guest spots.

The Senior Girls (Y12/13) saw two girls from Giggleswick qualify as Eve Hutchinson and Charlotte Morris finished sixth and ninth respectively.

Ermysted’s were at it again in the senior-boys’ category as they won the team event. Joe Hudson was the bronze medallist, with Tom Barrett fifth, Sam Jackson 6th, Jimmy Lund seventh, Sam Thom tenth and Alex Ashby finishing 14th.

Settle College had Ryan Watmough in eighth but pride of place in the seniors went Giggleswick’s Euan Brennan who won a high-quality race and became Craven’s fifth area champion. His colleagues Tom Humphries 11th and Mike O’Shea 12th, also made the area team.