KEIGHLEY'S Sam Headley won the Under-14s category at a record-breaking Eshton Moor cross-country race.

He won in 10 minutes four seconds, 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, second (12.18) and Tilly Labbett (16.53).

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).

Meanwhile, the Ribble Valley Harriers’ duo of Chris Holdsworth and Callum Davidson dominated this year’s men's race.

Holdsworth stormed home in a new record of 31.05, 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 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.

Meanwhile, on a hot Cumbrian August afternoon, an impressive 103 sun-dried senior runners and 126 equally tough juniors gathered at the base of Farleton Fell to compete in the beast of a race that is Farleton Knott.

Like all races it starts in the well-trimmed flat field before a short road section and the start of a seemingly endless climb along a bracken-lined track to reach the summit of the Knott.

Mercia’s Simon Bailey won the men's race in 34.27, while Helm Hill’s Sharon Taylor was the leading lady in 43.47.

The under-sevens race is marginally less brutal than the seniors as it only climbs to the summit of the Knott once before descending the scree and heading for the finish.

Keighley's Beaumont took fourth place in 21.39. Headley was third in the under-14 boys race.