Scarboro’ girls star in national relays

CROSS-COUNTRY STARS ... the Scarborough under-15s girls team, from left, Leah Ogden, Bronwen Owen and Louise Taylor        114287k
CROSS-COUNTRY STARS ... the Scarborough under-15s girls team, from left, Leah Ogden, Bronwen Owen and Louise Taylor 114287k

Scarborough Athletic Club was represented at the Saucony English National Cross Country relays, which took place in Mansfield, by the club’s Under-15 Girls team, who have been the club’s most successful group at cross country over the past two seasons.

The team has won the North Yorkshire and South Durham League team titles for the past two seasons, has been highly placed in county, regional and national championships, and includes the individual national champion Bronwen Owen.

At this year’s championships, a record number of 114 teams contested the Under-15 Girls competition.

The wet and muddy conditions, meant the going got progressively tougher as the event progressed.

The Scarborough team, which consisted of Louise Taylor, Leah Ogden and Bronwen Owen, all performed extremely well to finish up in 13th of 95 complete teams, and a further 19 incomplete teams.

They were most notably the second Yorkshire team, behind Wakefield Harriers, whose club members include several England international athletes, who have the benefit of both indoor and outdoor track facilities.

The Scarborough trio also finished ahead of some of the country’s top athletics clubs such as Sale Harriers and Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers.

Bronwen Owen ran the fastest lap of the championship, which was 10 seconds up on Katie Sheil-Rankin who achieved the second fastest time when running the anchor leg for the winning Aldershot Farnham and District Athletic Club team.

Two members of Scarborough Athletic Club took part in an inaugural five-kilometre race - the Sewerby Run - which was held on a scenic multi terrain course, which started and finished at Sewerby Hall, near Bridlington.

The event which will now take place every Saturday morning, is supported and developed by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Sport, Play and Arts Service, and Sewerby Hall and Gardens, is available for runners of all standards, and is free of charge, providing that they have registered for their first race by 6pm on the preceding Friday.

Charlotte Edge finished the opening race in 21 minutes 14 seconds and was the first woman finisher.

She also scored the overall highest age graded score of all the runners with an impressive 88.38% total.

Charlotte was followed by her mother, Mandy Edge who made her competitive debut for the club, finishing in 27 minutes and 35 seconds, and the seventh woman overall.

Scarborough Athletic Club’s Rachel Gyte, who is now based at the University of Birmingham studying physiotherapy, represented the club in the Canon Hill Park Run at Edgbaston.

This weekly event is well established and attracts an entry of around 200 runners, some of whom are top class athletes based at the university which has a very strong athletics base.

Rachel completed her event debut in 25 minutes 36 seconds and was the 12th woman finisher in the race.

Rachel expects to improve her time in subsequent races.