Scarborough club helps actress Emma keep on running

Emma Manton.
Emma Manton.

An actress who is under contract with the Stephen Joseph Theatre (SJT), and is now touring with two of Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s plays, recently completed the Great North Run and the Race for Life Marathon.

Emma Manton joined Scarborough Athletic Club in the summer while appearing in the same two plays at the Stephen Joseph Theatre and really got the running bug.

After appearing at the last night of an Alan Ayckbourn play at the SJT, Emma, 37, travelled overnight to her Blackheath base in time for the Race for Life Marathon at Lee Valley Park in North London.

This was her very first marathon.

She completed the course in five hours 18 minutes and also made the top half of the 617 finishers in 290th place.

When the plays moved to Stoke on Trent, Emma competed in Park Run sessions at nearby Hanley Park, and after the plays moved to Windermere last month she took part in the Newby Bridge Park run.

Emma said: “I started running regularly with SAC and fell in love with it and the Scarborough countryside.

“I started training with the club’s beginners group, and soon became a regular at the Sewerby Park runs, and then progressed to the Great North Run!”

The Sewerby Park Run takes place every Saturday at 9am. Visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/sewerby/ to register.