Emma and Jack lead the way in Filey race

Bobby Scarborough in action at the Filey race
Bobby Scarborough in action at the Filey race

Scarborough Athletic Club hosted the fourth round of the North Yorkshire and South Durham Cross Country League at Filey Country Park.

Over 200 runners from 17 athletic clubs in the league competed in a total of six races, which started and finished in the park, with courses of varying distances which used the Cleveland Way and farmland tracks.

Emma Clapton in action

Emma Clapton in action

The substantial rainfall resulted in some testing muddy stretches, particularly on the farmland section, but the courses proved to be very popular with the competitors.

The home team fielded 19 competitors, the highest turn- out of the season, which was boosted by seven athletes making their league debut.

Once again this season, the most successful of the home teams age groups, was the under-15 girls team, who finished first for third consecutive time, and as their main rivals Middleborough Mandale failed to achieve a scoring team, the team has taken an overall lead, and is now looking at an unprecedented fourth consecutive league title.

The team were led home by Emma Clapton who also achieved a hat-trick of wins and is now the overall league leader, and favourite to achieve another league title after winning the under-13 division last season.

Jack Robertson pulls clear

Jack Robertson pulls clear

Emma was followed home by Leah Herrington and Hanna Mainprize, who had another close race, with Leah finishing up in fifth and Hannah next home in sixth on this occasion.

Chloe Moran, making a club debut, provided a good back up with her 11th place finish.

After Emma the most successful Scarborough runner was the in-form Jack Robertson, who was making his debut in the senior men’s race which had the most competitors, after winning his first East Yorkshire League race as a senior last month.

Seventeen-year-old Jack finished in fourth overall, and was the first under-20 athlete.

Runners head off

Runners head off

He was followed home by over-45 veteran Dave Baldwin, who achieved his best result of the season when finishing up in 22nd overall and sixth in his age group.

Also finishing in fourth place was the consistent and ever present Bobby Scarborough, who was joined by one of the league debutants, Nathaniel Warwick who was the fastest in the club’s opening race in the Winter Handicap last month, and who finished up in fifth place.

The first two races of the meeting also saw club runners finishing in a splendid fourth place.

Louis Braida, competing in the league for only the second time ever in the youngest of the age groups, the under-11s, greatly improved his previous 11th placing.

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In the boys under-13 race, 12-year-old Kyle Richardson, who has had some consistently good results, is now looking at an overall top three finish in his first season with the club. Kyle was followed home 11-year-old Sam Clapton who battled well for good league points when scoring 10th place.

In the corresponding under-13 girls race, Chloe Calvert-Best improved her previous best placing of ninth, which she achieved on her league debut, with a splendid sixth place.

For the second consecutive fixture, the club was able to field a scoring winning team despite the absence through illness of the previous two leading scorers.

Emily Jesson made a very good comeback to cross-country races after two years, and finished 22nd overall and the sixth under-17. Emily was followed by 16-year-old Sarah Herrington who is faring very well in her first season competing in the senior race, and was up in 35th overall and also the eighth under-17.

Sarah was followed by two senior runners who were competing in the league for the first time, namely Sally Coff who was also making her club debut in 28th and Alison Fewster who closed in for the scoring team when finishing up in 36th.

The experienced Diane Herrington provided a useful back up when finishing in 44th.

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In the race for over-65s and over-70s which is incorporated in the senior women’s event, Mike Willis was the runner up, and the club press officer Mick Thompson who also organised the event, finished third over- 70.

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