Bronwen closes in on league success

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NINETEEN members of Scarborough Athletic Club competed in the fourth round of the North Yorkshire and South Durham cross-country league fixture which was held at Caedmon School Whitby.

The club enjoyed an individual race victory, two other age group and team wins, and in addition many club members achieved their best finishing positions in the league so far this season, to consolidate their overall league status.

In the Girl’s Under-15 race, Bronwen Owen, the reigning Yorkshire County cross-country champion, achieved her fourth consecutive race win in the group, and remains unbeaten.

She now requires just one finish of third or higher at one of the remaining three league matches to be crowned the league champion after moving up from the Under-13 group this season.

Louise Taylor also continued her recent much improved form at cross country, when finishing as the runner up.

Sarah Ogden achieved her highest placing this season to seal the team victory.

The trio who were the sixth team at this year’s Yorkshire Championships, achieved their second team win of the season and are now the joint team leaders along with Middlebrough Mandale Athletic Club.

The Scarborough’s Under-13 Girls team, also achieved their second team win of the season, and are now the clear leading team overall.

The team which was a notable seventh in the previous week’s Yorkshire County championships, were led home by Emma Clapton who finished as runner-up to Phillipa Stone of Middlesbrough Mandale AC who is unbeaten in the league this season, and was runner-up at the North Eastern County Championships.

With only three out of a possible four races to count towards the league championship after having to miss the home fixture, Emma has now moved up to third overall.

Leah Ogden maintained her recent good form when finishing a close up fourth and remains second overall in the league.

The third team scorer was Zoe Whiting who achieved her highest ever league placing when finishing in seventh, and the winning team was completed by a fast finishing Hannah Mainprize who was up in 14th place.

There was once again a full women’s team for this local fixture.

The first two team scorers were sisters Charlotte and Kayleigh Edge.

Charlotte’s fourth place finish was by far her best performance of the season, and as the first Under-17 woman she has taken an overall lead in the league.

Kayleigh finished in 35th and had to settle for runner up spot in the Under-20 women’s group, but this was enough for her to maintain her overall lead.

Jayne Graves had a solid run to finish just behind Kayleigh in 38th, and the scoring team was completed when Sally Kingscott crossed the line in 46th, which helped the team to finish up in fourth of 10 teams.

There was some good back up by Sam Shepherdson who was making a seasonal cross country debut and finished in 53rd, and 16-year-old Emma Graves competing with her mother Jayne Graves in the senior race for her first season, in 54th.

In the Boys Under-15 race, Bobby Scarborough, who is the only Scarborough representative in this and the Boy’s Under-13 groups this season, remained very competitive when finishing up in third place, and has consolidated his third spot overall in the league.

The senior men, had to settle for a scoring team of just five out of a possible six runners, and were led home by Danny Schofield, who finished in fourth overall behind some of the best seniors in the league, including a former Great Britain international, Stephen Hepples who was third on his seasonal league debut.

Danny was followed by Pete O’Callaghan who bettered his highest league finish of the season in 37th.

Neil Scruton led a trio of the club’s Over-60 and Over-70 runner’s home when finishing in the top half of the field with a splendid 48th overall of 96 mainly much younger competitors, and he was the first Over-60 in the race.

Paul Garrity made a welcome return to this league for the first time in many years, and was seventh of the Over-60 group.

Seventy-one-year-old Mick Thompson closed in for the team, which was ninth and ahead of some much younger runners