Bronwen races to county hat-trick

Leah Herrington, Emma Clapton and Hannah Mainprize at the Yorkshire cross-country championship
Leah Herrington, Emma Clapton and Hannah Mainprize at the Yorkshire cross-country championship
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Eight of Scarborough Athletic Club’s young stars competed in the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships at Lightwater Valley Park, Ripon.

The championship was contested by the top clubs in North, West and South Yorkshire, and was a selection event for athletes seeking to represent Yorkshire at the prestigious Inter County Championship in March.

Bronwen Owen, centre, celebrates her Yorkshire title win

Bronwen Owen, centre, celebrates her Yorkshire title win

For the third consecutive year 15-year-old Bronwen Owen ensured county selection, when she won the women’s under-17 Championship at the first attempt. Bronwen who won the under-15 title in 2011 and 2012, thus achieved a very impressive hat-trick of Yorkshire titles.

Emma Clapton celebrated her 14th birthday by gaining automatic Yorkshire selection, after an impressive sixth place overall and was second North Yorkshire finisher in her first year’s competition in the girls under-15 group.

Emma led a team of three to seventh place, with Hannah Mainprize edging out the more experienced Leah Herrington when finishing in 29th with Leah close behind in 33rd. The duo was respectfully seventh and eighth North Yorkshire finishers.

The third Scarborough-based athlete to gain automatic county selection was Jack Robertson, who has achieved some impressive results in two different local cross-country leagues this season.

Seventeen-year-old Jack who joined the men’s under-20 division this season, finished seventh overall and was the second North Yorkshire finisher.

There was a good championship debut by 12-year-old Kyle Richardson who finished 34th and fifth North Yorkshire in the under-13 boys Championship.

The experienced Bobby Scarborough finished ahead of all other North Yorkshire athletes, but had to settle for 23rd place overall of a top class men’s under-17 field.

Becky Mills lined up with some of the counties’ top senior athletes for the first time after previously competing in the younger age groups, and finished up in 72nd overall but was the 12th junior finisher.