ATHLETICS: Clapton and Nicholls star in English finals

Issy Nicholls, left, at the English Fell Championships
Issy Nicholls, left, at the English Fell Championships

The in-form duo of Emma Clapton and Issy Nicholls were both back in action representing their schools at this year’s English Schools Fell Race Championship, which was held at Sedburgh.

The courses were considered to be very testing this year after criticism last year when the course were considered to be more like cross country than fell races.

Clapton, who was representing Lady Lumley’s School, was the winner of the Year 12/13 girls race which was over 4.25 miles with 1,350 feet of climb.

Issy, of Ryedale School, was third in the Year 7 Girls race which was over 1.9 miles with 720 feet of climb.

Five club members competed in the Saltergate Circuit Challenge 16-mile event that was organised by Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team to raise much-needed funds for the teams work.

The runners started out at Dalby Forest and continued over a scenic but testing route on the North Yorkshire Moors which included the Hole of Horcum.

Nikki Carr was the first female finisher and fourth overall in 2 hours 55 minutes.

She was closely followed by Danny Walls who was sixth in 2 hours 56 minutes.

David Parke, Sue Louth and Melanie Padgham ran together and finished in 3 hours 42 minutes.

They were officially placed 10th, 11th and 12th overall of the 39 finishers, and Louth and Padgham were third and fourth females.

Two club members competed in the Redcar Half Marathon, which is a popular event in the North East, and this year had 790 finishers.

Ralph Broadley finished up in 147th overall and notably the first Over-65 in 1 hour 37 minutes.

Paul Chapman achieved a personal best time of 1 hour 39 minutes and was 177th overall.

Andrew Fleming competed in the Berlin Marathon for a second time after he achieved a personal best time last year.

He was joined by his wife Lynzie Fleming, who made her debut at the event and also at the marathon distance.

After running an excellent even pace over what is the fastest course of the world’s major marathons, he finished up in 582nd overall of over 40,000 in a new personal best time of 2 hours 48 minutes.

Lynzie took advantage of the fast course and the great crowd support to complete her debut marathon in 4 hours 49 minutes, which was the third fastest time this year so far by the Scarborough Athletic Club’s female runners

Eight club members competed in the latest Dalby Forest Parkrun.

They were led by Emma Clapton, who was third overall and the first female for the fifth time.

Guilia Wilkins was third female of 43 and led Liz Raper who made a Dalby debut in 21st and first Over-65, Ciara Harper 22nd and third 11-14, Alison Hornby 23rd, Karen Settle 24th and third Over-55.

Simon Valente was 20th male and third Over-55. Alison Wiles was the race sweeper and officially 42nd.

Nine club members competed in the latest Sewerby Parkrun.

Tyler Evans continued his comeback after a lay-off with a second place finish. He was followed by Warren Foster who was 21st and third Over-40.

Neil Scruton was also back after a lay-off with 23rd and first Over-65. Emma Foster was 14th female and led Linda Hinchliffe 29th, Sophie Vaughan 29th, and Shirley Field 40th and first Over-55.

David Field was 59th male and headed Mike Padgham who was 81st.

Glenn Shelton made a club debut at Heaton Park Manchester Parkrun.

In what was a huge field of 556, he finished up in 103rd and seventh of 19 Over-55 men in 23 minutes 55 seconds.