THE Thompson brothers delivered a one-two finish in the Ilkley Moor Fell races on Sunday.

The Wharfedale Harriers pair of Alex (14) and Will (15) dominated the two-mile under-17 and under-19 challenge race in conditions that resembled a mudbath.

Both boys have featured prominently for Ermysted’s Grammar School in their cross country successes this year and showed again their determination to prevail in the thick mud.

Alex romped home in 12mins 24sec and finished a full 40 seconds ahead on his older brother.

Third place went to Eric Beaumont of Keighley & Craven, while Emily Jones – who has had an outstanding start to the year for Wharfedale Harriers and Skipton Girls High School – produced a strong performance to take fifth place. Jones was one of the younger runners in the race and was the second girl finisher.

Jones returned a time of 14:26 which put her 20 seconds behind Bernadette Raven of Ilkley Harriers who was fourth overall.

There was also success for Wharfedale in the under-15 race where Sam Smith completed the two-mile course in 12:06.

The Keighley & Craven pair of Sam Conroy and Sam Headley were fifth and sixth respectively.

Barlick Fell Runners’ Ciara Duffy was the seventh girl finisher in 23rd place with a time of 17:27.

The Keighley & Craven runner James Sadler-Townsend took fourth place in the under-13 race which was staged over a one-mile course. He clocked a time of 6:46.

The first girl finisher was Keighley & Craven’s Phoebe Mitchell in sixth place in a time of 6:53.

Mitchell’s clubmate Archie Peaker took victory in the under-11 race. He covered the half-mile course in 6:45 to win by just one second.

Keighley & Craven’s Ewen Wilkinson claimed fourth place while the first girl finisher was Barlick’s Lucille Pickles in tenth place overall.

Milly Timbers, 14th in 7;57, and Alastair Willets, 15th in 8:02, also ran well for Keighley & Craven.

Hugo Bishop of Wharfedale Harriers was second in the under-nine race in 3:35, while Keighley & Craven’s Oscar Timbers was third.

The first girl to complete the half-mile run was Keighley & Craven’s Alice Midgeley who was eighth in 4:15, two places but just one second down on team-mate Dylan Booth.