LAST Sunday the young athletes of the Wirral endurance Program competed in the third round of the English Fell Running Association Championships.

The third round took place in Great Whernside in the Yorkshire Dales.

The Merseyside team for the Inter-Counties was entirely made up of runners from the Wirral endurance program, plus one from Southport Waterloo.

A fantastic days racing saw Merseyside win two individual Gold medals for Meg Hoshiko and Alex Poulston, the first since Sarah Kearney won Gold in 2014. Sarah is now a senior coach in the endurance program.

The day's racing also saw the first team inter-counties title in fell running history for Merseyside, as the U15 Girls shocked Yorkshire and Cumbria to take the overall Gold. The team was made up of the Hoshiko sisters, Meg and Tommi and Isla Pastor.

Alex's brilliant run at U17 has earned him an England call-up for the European Mountain Running Cup to be held in Italy in June!

The Medal table:

  • Meg Hoshiko – Individual Gold at U15
  • Isla Pastor – Individual Bronze at U15
  • Alex Poulston – Individual Gold at U17
  • U15 Girls – GOLD
  • U15 Boys – Bronze
  • U19 Girls – Bronze

As always, young runners keen to join the best program in Merseyside should email Ronan Kearney on