ATHLETICS: Clapton shines for England in international event

Emma Clapton after her run for England
Emma Clapton after her run for England

Seventeen-year-old Emma Clapton fully justified her selection for the England team at the British and Irish Junior Mountain Running International at Keswick.

She was competing in the A Under-20 race against runners from the four home countries and Ireland at the British and Irish Junior Mountain Running International.

Emma finished up in seventh overall, and was part of the winning England A team that was also first across all the age groups.

Sue Haslam competed in the Tadcaster 10-mile race which was revived after a 15-year absence.

Over an undulating course and very hot weather, Sue finished in 70 minutes 12 seconds and was fifth female overall and first Over-60.

Her time was even faster than her previous time for the distance eartlier this year at Snake Lane, and she remains the number one on the United Kingdom athletics ranking list for her age and distance.

She was joined by new club member Heather Westron, who completed this testing event in 1.53.29.

Eleven-year-old Issy Nicholls competed in the Ilkley aquathon in the T2 Division for 11 to12-year-olds.

This consisted of a 200 metre swim and a 1.8 kilometre run.

In-form Issy warmed up for a World Biathle event in Florida next month at which she will represent Great Britain, when finishing second overall of 36 in 10 minutes 17 seconds.

Eleven club members competed in the latest Sewerby Parkrun.

Tyler Evans returned after a lay off with a third place finish of 144 in 18.43.

Christian Brown made a good club debut in fourth and the first Over-40 in 18.55.

Emma Foster led the club’s female runners in sixth and first Over-40. Ciara Harper was ninth and first 11-14 girl.

Lesley Bayes was also an age group winner and 12th plus first Over-65.

Other finishers including Warren Foster, who was running with his wife Emma, he came home as 42nd male.

Melanie Padgham ran alongside her husband Mike and was 33rd and Mike was 56th male.

Linda Hinchliffe finished 36th and headed Sophie Vaughan, 40th, and Avril Metcalfe, 47th.

A total of seven club members competed in the latest Dalby Forest Parkrun.

Fourteen-year-old Chistian Mummert was once again the first for the club after finishing second overall of 100 in 18 minutes 28 seconds.

He was followed by Simon Valente in 20th and first Over-55.

Juliette Pilgrim led five club females in 14th and was followed by Paula Morris 16th and first Over-45, Sharon Parsons 30th, Heather Westron 33rd and Jenny Marshall 35th.

Alison Wiles ran the course as the official race sweeper with the back markers.

Warren Foster had a good run in the Hull Marathon.

In very hot weather conditions he finished up in 101st overall of 541 in 3 hours 31, which was close to his personal best at the 2015 York Marathon.

Jeanette Richards competed in the Leeds Triathlon, which consisted of a challenging 1.5 metre swim, 44 kilometre cycle and 9.6k run.

After the swim in the lake, followed by the cycle around Leeds and the final run at Roundhay Park, Richards (pictured) finished second Over-50 in 3 hours 28 minutes, which was a three-minute improvement on her 2015 time.

Three club members competed in the Kirkstall Abbey Trail Races.

In the two-mile race, 15-year-old Kyle Richardson was the winner in 12 minutes 19 seconds, and 11-year-old Issy Nicholls was third overall of 41 and first female in 12 minutes 30 seconds.

Ian Nicholls competed in the seven-mile race and was 41st overall of 345 and the second Over-50 in 46.00 minutes.

Mally Sweetlove competed in the English Half Marathon at Warrington.

On what was a very hot day, Mally finished in up in 751st of 2,202 and was the ninth Over-60 in 1 hour 51 minutes.