Bronwen makes winning return from injury

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Scarborough Athletic Club’s leading junior cross country runner Bronwen Owen returned to action as a guest runner in the final fixture of the South Yorkshire Cross Country League.

The 17-year-old has missed the first two months of the new cross country season due to injury, but was back in action at Kimberworth near Rotherham,

In the senior women’s race, Owen finished first overall, and was most notably ahead of Rachel Lundgren, an under-23 athlete competing for Sheffield University, who won the league title for the second time.

The result augers well for Owen’s bid to win a record fifth Yorkshire Championship title next month, after moving up to the over-20 division this season.

Four members of Scarborough AC competed in the annual Loftus Poultry Run, in which runners are encouraged to run in seasonal fancy dress and compete over an eight-mile multi-terrain course which has three challenging climbs in the Loftus area of the race.

The Scarborough quartet were once again led home by 67-year-old Neil Scruton who was the first over-60 and 94th overall of the 454 finishers in an excellent time for the course of 57 minutes 23 seconds.

His achievement was rewarded with the usual poultry prize.

He was followed by two new club members who made a notable event debut.

John Bamford, an over-50 runner, was 279th in 69.56, and Nick Combes, who is also an over-50, was 309th in 72.21.

The experienced 64-year-old Dave Parke finished in 367th and ahead of mostly younger competitors in 76.52.

Seven of Scarborough Athletic Club’s young athletes were very successful at a sportshall event held at the Pickering Sports Centre.

Sportshall is an indoor form of track and field for children between the ages of four and 16, which creates a safe and warm environment for young athletes to train during the cold and dark winter months and is the largest competition within the school games framework and with an estimated user-base of well over one million children,

Sportshall has more participants than any other school sport competition.

The most successful Scarborough competitor was Chloe Calvert–Best, who gained the most events from a variety of running, strength and skill based events, to finish as the top under-15 girls scorer.

In the under-13 girls competition, Isabel Louth came close to a winning club double with a runner-up placing.

Five other Scarborough competitors dominated the competition, with Hannah Ellam fourth, Katie Tomlinson fifth, Sophie Boddy sixth, Daisy Willis seventh and Isabel Matique eighth.

Two Scarborough Athletic Club members competed in the latest Sewerby Parkrun event.

David Field ran alongside Lynzie Fleming and was 28th overall and the third over-50 in 28 minutes 32 seconds.

Fleming, who was officially recorded as 28.33, was the sixth female finisher.

Nikki Carr took another step towards her target of becoming a member of the Hardmoors 1,000 mile club when she competed in the Roseberry Topping trail marathon.

Her latest ultra race in the Hardmoor series of events, which has included 160 and 100-mile races, was over a testing 29 miles over some of the highest points of North Yorkshire and included climbs to the Roseberry Topping and the Captain Cook Monument.

Nikki completed the race in six hours 52 minutes, and was the 12th woman finisher.

Of the 138 starters, nine failed to complete the race.