Scarborough quartet complete Mountain Marathon

Chris and Julie Clayton
Chris and Julie Clayton
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Four members of Scarborough Athletic Club compete in the annual Saunders Lakeland Marathon races, which consists of a two-day mountain navigation event open to teams of two.

Teams are required to navigate between checkpoints, visiting them in the order given.

Dave Parke and Melanie Padgham

Dave Parke and Melanie Padgham

The first day finishes at a mid-way campsite.

Competitors must carry the lightweight camping and safety equipment listed in the rules, and need to be competent in the use of map and compass in the mountains, as many checkpoints require accurate navigation, especially in misty conditions.

In the Wansfell race, the experienced fell racer Dave Parke teamed up with event debutant Melanie Padgham and the duo finished as the first Mixed Veteran Category, after completing an approximately 12 mile section with 1,000 metres of climb on day one, and 13 miles with 585 metres of climb on the second day.

Club Chairman Chris Clayton teamed up with his wife Julie Clayton in the longer Carrick Fell race, and finished as runners up in the Mixed Veteran category.

In their event, they completed 16.1 mile section with 4,164 feet of climb on day one, followed by 13.8 miles and 4091 feet of climb on the second day.