Silsden's young cross-country star shines for EnglandAbove: Silsden runner Sam Smith capped an outstanding season by earning a place in the English Schools Cross Country team and taking part in the Home Countries Championships at Wollaton Park in Nottingham last month. Sam, who attends South Craven School and runs for Wharfedale Harriers, finished fifth out of the 32 elite junior runners representing England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. His performance helped England win the team event. Sam, who is only just 14, was selected for England after coming fourth in the English Schools Cross Country Championships at Temple Newsam in Leeds.
Above: Sam is pictured with his dad, Michael, mum Louise and sister Mollie, who is also a Wharfedale Harrier. Louise, who used to run for Bingley Harriers, is Sam's coach and has overseen his meteoric rise -- from 158th in last year's English championships to fourth this time. With the cross-country season over, Sam is turning his attention to the track and chasing 1500 metres glory. Meanwhile, he will run for Yorkshire in the London Mini Marathon on April 22nd. Michael is a well-known local farmer, supported by the family at busy times like spring with 100 ewes to lamb.