Skyrac Athletics Club member Jordan Bransberg has broken a British junior record that has stood for 33 years.

He set a new indoor mark of 1min 26.67sec for the 600 metres by a 14-year-old boy, bettering a time that was set at RAF Cosford in 1976.

Bransberg, an English Schools’ finalist last year, has more races planned over the distance on the indoor circuit and is therefore hoping to lower the record further.

Jordan, who turns 15 in January, already has his sights set on the British age-group records for under-15s and under-17s for example.

He started his indoor season last Saturday in the Northern Athletics Open Meeting at the indoor arena in Sheffield.

Bransberg, who has not competed for over two months as he has been recovering from a foot injury, ran in the senior men’s 600m, where he finished fifth in a personal best of 1min 26.67sec.

Later, he competed in the under-17 men’s 150m race, where he finished third in 17.99sec, also a personal best.

Brad King ran the 60m in 7.61sec, with his training partners Junior Gatewood and Kieran O’Neill clocking 7.80 and 8.09. Brad then did the 150m in 17.95 and the junior in 18.22.

Meanwhile, Skyrac had over 40 members competing last weekend – either indoors, on the fells or the roads or in cross-country.

The Complete Runner Cross-Country, the third event in the series, was held at Thornes Park, Wakefield, venue for the 2010 Yorkshire Cross-Country Championships.

In the under-11s, Henry Wood came sixth after a storming run, Daniel Batty coming 25th on his Skyrac debut. Amy Francis was third – her best race to date – in the under-11 girls, Isabel Waterhouse finishing 12th.

In the under-13 boys, Tom Glancy’s 36th was a good, solid run against stiff opposition, Kieran Batty – Daniel’s elder brother – coming 52nd, also on debut.

Lizzie Ritchings was a gutsy 26th among the under-13 girls, Georgina Bentley finishing 29th, Morag Hockey 46th, the improving Morag Cotton 48th, Sophie Robinson 54th, Alex Oglesby 56th and Roisin Glancy 58th.

Skyrac’s under-15 boys were the fourth team home, Ewen Hockey running a well-paced race to come 15th. Sam Birch was 17th and Liam Callaghan 24th.

Jaye Riley spearheaded the under-15 girls with her eighth place as they finished sixth best team, the ever-improving Molly Keefe coming 14th, Lizzie Garnett 38th, Kate Walsh 40th on her comeback and Daisy Agar 45th.

Michael Hinchcliffe had a great tussle with a Halifax rival in coming 15th in the under-17 boys’ race, while the senior ladies’ team came eighth, Emma Inglis coming 13th, her best run yet in a Skyrac vest.

Lizzie Spencer, returning from injury, was 27th and Rebecca Harrison 47th and seventh junior on what was a stiff course. Debutant Maris Waterhouse was 70th.

That finishing position was mirrored by Chris Dove in the senior men’s race, while Bob Pritchard was 113th, Alan Bye 146th and Neil Bloor 154th out of the 200 starters.

In the Abbey Dash, Chris Thornton was 66th in 34.23, Nigel Batty clocking 41.35 and Karen Collyer 58.03.

On the fells last Sunday, four hard men did the Rivock Edge Fell Race. Martin Farrar was 25th in 61.56, Bob Pritchard 26th in 62.31, Frank Glass 27th in 62.40 and Steven Batley 62nd in 67.29.

Skyrac train on Tuesdays and Thursdays (6.30pm start under-11s, 7.30pm older age groups. Further information is available from Tim or Lynda on 01943-461383 or by e-mailing

On Saturday, several Otley Athletics Club members braved the elements to take part in the high-quality Complete Runner Cross-Country Series at Thornes Park, Wakefield.

The senior women’s race was won by Lizzie Adams (York Knavesmire Harriers) in 18min 40ssec. Julie Briscoe (Wakefield Harriers) was second in 18.51, with Sarah Jarvis (Bingley Harriers) third in 18.56. Club president Carol Armitstead flew the flag for Otley, finishing 74th in a strong field.

The senior men’s race (held over a longer course) was won by Andrew Pearson (Longwood Harriers) in 29.14, closely followed by Jonathan Brownlee (Bingley Harriers) in 29.16. Mark Buckingham (Holmfirth Harri-ers) was third in 30.24.

Otley’s Hugh Pearson finished 121st in 41.13, with Phil Robinson 140th in 44.06, Tom Hannah 144th in 44.52 and John Dade 148th in 45.26.

Also held on Saturday were the Fisherman’s Trophy for Runners v Cyclists at Bingley, and the Tour of Pendle Fell Race, but results were not available at the time of writing.

Sunday’s Abbey Dash – a 10km road race in Leeds – again attracted a large and strong field. The race was won by Jonny Mellor of Liverpool Harriers in 29min 13sec, with Patrick Martin (Sunderland Harriers) second in 29.52. Otley’s Zack Whitehead ran well to finish 40th in 32.39, and Josie Hodgetts had an excellent run to finish 142nd overall in 36.39, as did Rachael Bamford (244th in 38.35) and Paul Clifford (348th in 40.04).

Other Otley runners were Mick Jeffrey (365th), Howard Jeffrey (558th), Billy Rayner (1503rd), Bridget Barr (2114th), Mary Hamp-shire (2473rd) and Caron Ralph (4188th).

Also on Sunday, seven members took part in the Rivock Edge Fell Race at Silsden.

The race attracted about 120 runners and was won by Lewis Banton of Clowne Road Runners in 53min 02sec. Gareth Hird of Wharfedale Harriers was second in 53.55.

For Otley, Steve Wallace was 13th in 59.16 and was followed by Chris Stacey 20th in 60.32, Colin Best 80th in 71.39, Sara McBrinn 93rd in 74.41, Liz Fawcett 94th in 75.23, Carol Armitstead 101st in 76.58 and Graham Stead 108th in 80.21.

The club meets for training at 7.15pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and runners of all standards are welcome.