ATHLETICS: Emma maintains top form at Dalby Parkrun


There was a record turnout of 20 club members at the latest Dalby Forest Parkrun.

Emma Clapton was the first overall for the club, and for the fifth time was the first female finisher.

She was followed by female club members, who were led by Issy Nicholls in third overall and Beckie May, who was fifth in a personal best (PB) time.

Next was Helen Rutter in 10th and the first Over-40 and followed by Jen Gosling who made a club debut and was up in 21st of 88 female finishers.

Ian Nicholls led three male club members when finishing in eighth male overall and the second Over-50 in a PB.

Simon Valente followed in 52nd and with a PB. Dale Hepples, who made a club debut, was 74th.

Mick Thompson was 81 with a PB and improved the Over-75 club record which he holds.

The Parkrun organisers had encouraged the runners to commemorate the Olympic Games and many sported versions of the Union Jack.

Four of the Tozer children all sported appropriate face paint and competed successfully in the event. Nine-year-old Gemma, who is a club member, was second Junior Female Age-10-and-Under. Five-year-old Florence was fifth Under-10, while seven-year-old Alfie was fourth Junior male Under-10, and 10-year-old Harry was sixth in the same age group.

Other female results: 23. Sam Shepherdson, 30. Nikki Carr, 33. Gemma Tozer, 38. Paula Morris with a PB, 53. Joanne Elwick, 61 Holly Shepherdson, 62. Jenny Marshall with a PB, 63 Sharon Parsons, 81. Liz Cremer, 82 Denny Stubbs. Juliet Pilgrim acted as the race sweeper.

After the conclusion of the seven races of the Club Summer Handicap, the club president John Watson presented prizes to the winners of the races, the overall series individual and team winners

The top three overall were: 1st Chris Wade, 2nd Ellen Clapham, 3rd Mark Tomczak.

Winning teams were: 1st Chris Wade and Hannah Mainprize. 2nd Chris Clayton and Debbie Dobnovoano.

Race winners; 1. Guilia Wilkins. 2. Danny Walls. 3. Serena Partridge. 4. Ellen Clapham. 5. James Boak. 6. Serena Partridge. 7. Serena Partridge.

Olivia and Sacha Butterworth competed in their first ever tetrahlon event which was held at Bishop Burton College.

They took part in the ‘Grassroots’ category which was a part of the 2016 National Tetrathlon Championships.

The event consisted of a Swim, Pistol Target shooting, 1 kilometre Run and Show Jumping.

They represented Stainton Dale Pony Club team that comprised a team of four, and were competing against very experienced and competitive teams from around the United Kingdom.

Out of the 29 competitors, Sacha and Olivia finished seventh and ninth respectively and their team was fifth overall.

Both girls did well in their individual events, with Sacha posting the third fastest and second best female time for the run.

The Staintondale team ended the competition with an excellent performance and maximum points in the show jumping when all four including Sacha and Olivia had clear rounds.

Bronwen Owen and Emma Clapton competed in the Female Elite race of the British Triathlon Championships, which was held at Liverpool.

In what was a top class race, Bronwen finished eighth junior and Emma, who moved up to the junior division this year, finished up in 13th.

Seven members competed in the latest Sewerby Parkrun.

Warren Foster was first for the club in 30th overall. Mike Padgham was the only other club male runner, and was 99th overall.

Linda Hinchliffe led four other club female finishers in 21st overall and the third Over-45. Lesley Bayes was next in 22nd and the first Over-65.

Emma Foster was 26th, Sophie Vaughan 40th and Liz Jones 54th and third Over-60.

Seven club members competed in the annual Ravenscar Rumble fell race which consisted of a challenging 4.5 mile route around Ravenscar on the North Yorkshire Moors, with 800 feet of climb.

Seventeen-year-old Emma Clapton finished first female and led the Scarborough Athletic Club team to victory, with Nikki Carr finishing up in third and Stephanie Kirk-Bray, who was making her club debut, completed the scoring team in 13th with a good performance.