THE Ribble Valley Harriers’ duo of Chris Holdsworth and Callum Davidson dominated this year’s record-breaking Eshton Moor cross country race.

Holdsworth stormed home in a new record of 31min 05sec beating the 31:45 set by Wharfedale Harriers’ James Hall in 2016.

Davidson was second in 31:42, again just beating Hall’s previous best. The third man home was Robin Howie (32.33).

The ladies race was won by England International Annie Roberts of Todmorden Harriers’ (39:17) from Calder Valley’s Jo Buckley (40:05) and Norwich Road Runners' Jessica Behan (41:33).

Despite being nominally called a cross country race, it has an up-hill start and is run across undulating terrain taking in part of the Pennine Way between the start at Mark Plantation, over Eshton Moor and the turn point at Newfield Bridge, on the way to Malham, and back via the same route.

As with many races this year, the ground was concrete hard and very rutted in places making this a more technical course than would be expected from the name.

Additionally, despite being an evening race the heat did not relent as the sun beat down on 76 senior and 56 dedicated junior runners.

Clear winner of the under-17 race was Keighley and Craven’s Eric Beaumont (27:10) over a minute ahead of nearest rivals, Wharfedale’s Jack Muir (28:59) and Alex Thompson (30:44) were second and third respectively.

The girls’ race winner was Wharfedale’s Alice Jones (29:37) from sister Emily (32:09).

Keighley’s Sam Headley won the under-14 race in 10:04 from Bingley Harriers’ Theo Clay (10:53) and Otley’s Jenson Brogden (11:05).

Current young flier, Otley’s Charlotte Rawstron won the girls’ race (11:32) from Wharfedale duo Amelie Lane, 2nd (12:18) and Tilly Labbett (16:53).

First over the line in the under-12 race was Barlick’s Jacob Reeday (7:48) ahead of Lancaster and Morecambe’s James Brassington, (8:02) and Barlick’s Harley Teitl (8:18).

Keighley duo Katie Buckley (8:45) and Hannah Robinson (8:58) were first and second in the girls’ race ahead of Wharfedale’s Layla Kirkley (9:03).

In a nail-biting finish to the under-nine race, Jamie Dent (3:59) just pipped Calder Valley’s Harry Cliff (3:59) to the finish line. Settle Harriers’ Carl Sanderson was third in 4:07.

Wharfedale team mates Isobel Patefield and Jessica Anderson were 1st (4.16) and 2nd (4.28) in the girls’ race ahead of 3rd placed Barlick’s Bella McCredie (4.52).