Young stars hit winning form at Croft fixture

Croft winner Bronwen Owen
Croft winner Bronwen Owen

Twelve members of Scarborough AC took part in the third round of the North Yorkshire and South Durham Cross Country League.

This meeting was held at a very muddy course adjacent to the motor racing circuit at Croft near Darlington.

the under-13s boys race sets off

the under-13s boys race sets off

The runners enjoyed some fine sunny weather, but had to cope with some very muddy going on most parts of the course.

In the under-15 girls event, there was individual and team success for the club, when Emma Clapton achieved her second consecutive win.

Hannah Mainprize had another battle with Leah Herrington, and on this occasion reversed the result of their encounter in round two when finishing up in sixth place, whileLeah closed in for the team win in seventh place.

The team is now first overall in the league and on track to retain the title that they have won for the past two seasons.

Two of last season’s winning under-15 team made their debut as under-17 runners in the senior women’s race, and for Bronwen Owen it was an excellent winning start when she finished two minutes clear of 74 runners at the tape.

Bronwen was followed home by Louise Taylor who also made an excellent under-17 career debut at cross-country, was the runner-up and 14th overall.

Diane Herrington finished up in 40th and her daughter Sarah Herrington closed in for what were the club’s first complete scoring senior women’s team for two years, when finishing in 50th overall, and also the sixth under-17 runner.

The team finished sixth of the 11 complete teams at Croft.

Bobby Scarborough scored some useful league points when finishing up in third place in the men’s under-17 race.

In the boys under-13 race, Kyle Richardson continued his good form in his first season in the league, when finishing in fourth place which was also his best result, to edge out Sam Clapton who finished up in ninth place.

In the senior men’s race, Dave Baldwin finished well up the field of 110 finishers in 53rd overall.

In a separate race for over-65 men which was incorporated in the senior women’s race, Mick Thompson finished fifth overall, but is now second overall of the four over-70 runners in the league.