Huge congratulations to our very own Charlie Allmond for coming second in the Home Countries U18 International race. Charlie was selected to wear the England vest after beating the record in the qualifying round – read more about it here.
Good luck Charlie in all your future races and your final GCSE year from this September.
Here’s a few words from the runner himself about his highlights so far:
I took part in my first fell race in 2016 when I was 10 years old. In 2017 I joined Ambleside Athletics Club competing in regular fell races across Cumbria and Yorkshire as well as various school cross country events. I really enjoyed keeping fit, being out in the fresh air on the fells with friends and training hard for races.
My best achievements so far include: winning the FRA English Championship Series in 2019 as an under 15 and again in 2021 as an under 17 and also winning the English Schools Fell Running Championships in 2019. I was also very happy to qualify to run for England after winning both the U18 Home Countries International Trial in Ambleside and the Junior Home International Trial in Bradwell.
My proudest moment so far was coming second in the U18 Home Countries International in Ambleside in July as it was my first time running for England. The race was really tough, especially as I was the youngest in the field, so I was really surprised and happy to gain 2nd place.
I also really enjoyed completing the Abraham’s Tea Round earlier this year – a challenge which involves touching all the fell tops visible from the window of George Fisher’s cafe in Keswick. It was a very long, tiring day out covering 48km with 3500m ascent, but I had an awesome time on the fells with my friends!
My next big race is the Junior Home International (JHI) which takes place on September 4th in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. I will be running for England competing against Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland over a distance of 5km on steep grassy fells and am really looking forward to the challenge.