Westrom completes Ironman challenge

Athletics reports
Athletics reports

Heather Westrom became the first Scarborough AC female to complete a full Ironman Triathlon when she competed in the Lakesman Triathlon at Keswick.

This was billed as the most extreme in the world series and started with a 2.4-mile swim in Derwent Water and then a 112-mile cycle before the final 26.2 marathon phase which included climbs to the top of Scafell Pike.

The total ascent on the cycle and run routes was 5,150 metres - the highest in the world, with a projected winning time of four hours longer than Norway’s Norseman extreme race.

Westrom completed the event in 15 hours 22 minutes, which was two hours 27 minutes inside the cut off time and included a five hour 25 minute marathon clocking.

Two of the club’s juniors competed in triathlons at the Wakefield Junior event.

In the Tristar 2 event, Issy Nicholls was third of 22 girls. Harry Butterworth was fifth of 25 boys in the Tristar 3 event

Nikki Carr returned to ultra races when competing in the West Highland Way Ultra in West Scotland.

The race was over a total of 95 miles which started at Milngavie, just above Glasgow, and ended Fort William. It’s known as the walkway between Scotland’s largest city to its largest peak, and had a time limit of 35 hours.

The runners had to endure rising temperatures and such an above average amount of resident Scottish midges, that it was considered the worst ever known.

After a very good start Carr went wrong in the closing stages, but was still able to complete the race in 28 hours and 12 minutes and well inside the 35-hour cut off, of which 15 of the 67 starters failed to do.

Four club members competed in the Humber Bridge Half Marathon.

Former club chairman Ralph Broadley led the club’s quartet when finishing 270th overall of 1773 finishers in one hour 42 minutes, and he was first of an amazing 23 over-65 men.

He was followed by current chairman Harry Forkin who was sixth over-65 in 1:57.

Club newcomer Alison Wiles ran a personal best time of two hours four minutes and was 229th overall of 642 female finishers,

She headed Janette Richards, who has been concentrating on triathlons recently, and who finished 470th overall in two hours 24 minutes.

Jim Johnson took on the challenge of racing a steam train on the East Lancashire Railway from Irwell Valley Bury to Rawtenstall.

The runners ran on a rural, undulating 18 kilometre course, crossing the railway lines several times.

Johnson finished in one hour 41 minutes and was 143rd of 262, failing to beat the train this time.

Five junior girls competed in the third round of the City of York Athletic Club’s Summer League, which was held at the new athletics track at the York University campus.

The league is designed for individuals with awards for the highest overall scorers over five matches, but a minimum of four is a requirement.

Isabel Louth and Jessica Raw were the most successful and added some valuable points to their overall score when achieving an event win and other top results.

Louth won the under-15 girls long jump and was third in the 100 metres.

Raw won the under-13 girls 70 metres hurdles, was second in the 150 metres in a personal best time and fourth in the high jump.

Katie Tomlinson was the next highest scorer with runner-up placings in the 75 metres hurdles and long jump, at which she achieved a personal best.

Ellie Raw notched up good points in three under-13 events with eighth position in the shot, ninth in the 800 metres and then 11th in the long jump.

Amelia Wilson scored well in the girls under-13 events with eighth place in the 80 metres and 14th in the 150 metres.