ILKLEY Harriers runners Euan Brennan and Bethan Morley impressed for England at the International Mountain Running Youth Cup in Gagliano del Capo, Italy on Saturday.

Brennan came fifth overall and led the boys team to a bronze medal and Morley finished 14th and helped her team to sixth place overall.

The weekend also brought three victories for Harriers runners.

Ben Sheppard won the arduous UWFRA Wharfedale Three Peaks Challenge starting in Kettlewell and taking in Birks Fell, Buckden Pike and Great Whernside. The race is just over 22 miles with just shy of 4,000 feet of climbing.

Sheppard recorded romped home in 3 hours 29 minutes and was ten minutes clear of second place.

Jez Hellewell ran well to come in eighth with Jann Smith finishing 14th and Adela Reperecki continuing her good form in 33rd place.

Results: 1 Ben Sheppard 3:29:10, 8 Jez Hellewell 3:57:00, 14 Jann Smith 4:17:00, 33 Adela Reperecki 5:37:00.

Paul Carman secured his victory in the slightly shorter Two Peaks Challenge (13.5 miles – Buckden Pike, Great Whernside) in 2:02:00 and Ellie Kitchen entered as a walker to complete the route in 5:20.

Results: 1 Paul Carman 2:02, 34 Ellie Kitchen (walker) 5:20.

Harriers’ third win came when Tom Adams stormed to victory in the Eldwick Gala fell race in a brilliant time of 16:40.

Results: 1 Tom Adams 16:40, 37 Rob Budding 24:37, 78 Peter Lewis 28:53

The fourth and final race in the Harrogate & District Summer Race League saw Knaresborough Striders' stage a race for the first time.

There were 19 Ilkley Harriers competing and their first finisher was Ruaridh Mon-Williams in seventh place. The first female finisher for Ilkley was Ellie Kitchen in an impressive 75th position

Results: (1 Ben Pease, Ripon 31:34), 7 Ruaridh Mon-Williams 34:16, 75 40:26 Ellie Kitchen, 89 Tom Worboys 41:08, 119 Malcolm Pickering 42:45, 129 Paul Stephens 43:10, 175 Caroline Howe 45:29, 197 Mary Gibbons 46:08, 200 Geoffrey White 46:20, 202 David Ibbotson 46:34, 209 Jean Sullivan 47:00, 235 Alison Bennett 48:43, 238 Emily Elmes 48:56, 302 Paul Sugden 52:09, 306 Diane Kitchen 52:30, 356 Macrae 56:52 Donald, 361 Bernadette Gibbons 57:29, 379 Anna Pickering 60:39, 383 Gibbons 60:57 Vincent, 388 Sally Wright 62:00.

The Beamsley Beacon Fell Race is a favourite for many Harriers. Matthew Cox was the first Over 40 finisher in ninth place overall.

Lucy Williamson was fourth lady and first Ilkley female home while Alison Weston was second FV50 finisher.

Seventeen-year-old Nea Weston ran her first senior fell race and finished in just over the hour. Unfortunately, Paul Stephens sustained a calf injury and had to walk to the finish.

Results: (1 Chris Miller, Harrogate 35:58), 9 Matthew Cox 38:26, 10 Oscar Stapleton 38:45, 12 Martin Archer 39:00, 24 Jim Ryder 40:45, 27 Robin Nicholson 41:18, 58 Lucy Williamson 45:20, 72 Duncan Cooper 47:15, 98 Ewan Welsh 50:33, 111 Alison Weston 51:54, 113 Bob Hamilton 52:06, 155 Nea Weston 62:22, 160 Paul Stephens 65:13.

Jack Wood travelled further afield to the Darren Holloway Buttermere Horseshoe. It is one of the toughest Lakeland races on the calendar.

The race was won by Carl Bell from Keswick and Wood was eighth in 4:41:07.

Steve Turland completed the Bob Graham Round in 22hr 40 despite poor weather conditions.

An 11pm start with low mist and drizzle made navigation difficult coming off Skiddaw. The clouds cleared with dawn approaching and good progress was made on leg two, regaining lost time.

Further low mist and wet rock hampered progress somewhat after Bowfell on leg 3 but words of encouragement from Joss Naylor at Wasdale and the 'eagerly awaited' climb up Yewbarrow made a good start for leg four with time being gained on each summit.

There was very welcome support from family and Jack Wood at Honister before Steve was joined by his son for the last leg back to Keswick with a cruel descent off Robinson on tired legs followed by a relentless road section back to the Moot Hall.