Scarborough fell runners star in Eskdale race

Neil Scruton
Neil Scruton

Scarborough Athletic Club’s long-distance runners have been in top form over the past week.

The club’s most prolific fell runners were in action again at the fifth race of the Northern Runner Winter Fell Race series, which was held at and around Castleton on the North Yorkshire Moors, and entitled The Eskdale Eureka race.

The race which was over 8.1 miles had 1,230 feet of climb, was run on a fine but very cold morning.

The first of the Scarborough trio to complete this testing course was Neil Scruton who was up in 25th overall of the 98 finishers, and was once again the first Over-65.

Sue Haslam who was a most impressive fifth woman finisher, maintained her unbeaten record in the league as the first Over-55.

Dave Parke added some useful age group scoring points, when finishing sixth in the over-60 division.

Scarborough AC was represented at the annual Frostbite 30 Mile Trail Race by Nikki Carr and Richard Buckle who have both competed at other ultra distance races this year.

This ultramarathon event which started and finished at Pateley Bridge, consisted of a hilly route through Nidderdale, with a total of almost two miles of


On what was a bitterly cold day, particularly at the early morning start, the Scarborough duo, completed the course together in 5 hours

45 minutes, and were joint 32nd of the 60 starters.