Athletics: Clapton makes impressive start in Bishop Wilton race

The Scarborough Athletics Club contingent at the East Yorkshire Cross Country League fixture in Bishop Wilton
The Scarborough Athletics Club contingent at the East Yorkshire Cross Country League fixture in Bishop Wilton

There was an above average turnout of 23 club members for the opening fixture of the East Yorkshire Cross Country League, where attendance is invariably affected by a host of major autumn road races.

The first race of the season which was held at Bishop Wilton near Pocklington, is one of the most challenging courses in the league with an opening climb to 804 feet above sea level which is the highest point in the Yorkshire Wolds.

The runners did however enjoy some warm and sunny weather, and as a further bonus less mud than usual on the lowland section of the six-mile course.

The club’s female team was led home by 17-year-old Emma Clapton, who was fifth female overall and a close up third of all the club members, on what was her debut at this league which has a minimum age group requirement of 17 years.

Clapton was followed by previous league champion Hester Butterworth, who was seventh and the first Over-45.

Melanie Padgham closed in for the team in 23rd and the third Over-50, and the team has been provisionally placed third.

The scoring team was backed up by the ever-present Jayne Graves, who was 24th and the fourth Over-50.

Leoni Bradnam headed the remaining seven club members, five of whom were making their league debut was 34th.

Guilia Wilkins returned to league action and was also listed in 34th, Ellen Clapham, who was competing for only the second time in the league, was 36th.

Lisa Bourne led the debutants in 37th and was followed by Carina Pelluci 38th, Heather Westron, 44th, Anna Howard, who also made her club debut in 45th and Shirley Field in 49th.

The club’s men were led by Chris Duck, who made an impressive start to his campaign with fifth overall and the first Over-40.

Glyn Hewitt was next in 30th male of 95 finishers, and was followed by Richard Maw in 35th, and headed league debutants Owen Willis, who was 38th, and Dale Hepples, who finished in 48th.

The experienced Over-60 veteran Dave Shipley closed in for the team in 50th.

The team was backed up by Dave Fox, who was 59th and headed another league debutant Chris Bourne, who finished in 60th place, Mark May in 63rd and Mally Sweetlove in 79th.

Kevin Debenham, who was racing in the league for only the second time, finished in a very credible 82nd position.

Coach and founder Wade nets honour

Club coach Chris Wade was the winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award at the annual England Athletics Sports Awards for the Yorkshire and Humberside region.

He has now been shortlisted for the National Awards as a result.

Wade was a founder member of Scarborough Athletic Clun that was formed in 1998, and his contribution to the running of the club has increased year on year.

Liz continues world tour in Portugal

Liz Jones continued her worldwide travels and participation at mainly half marathons (other than New York, where she ran the marathon) when she competed at the Lisbon Half Marathon which was a worldwide Rock and Roll series event.

The race attracted around 6,000 runners over a scenic course around Lisbon, which started at the Vasco da Gama Bridge.

Despite the hot weather, 60-year-old Liz completed her third half-marathon this year in 2 hours 39 minutes.