Emma races to national glory

Emma Clapton won at the English Schools Fell Running Championships in Cockermouth
Emma Clapton won at the English Schools Fell Running Championships in Cockermouth
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Four of Scarborough Athletic Club’s young athletes, represented their schools at the annual English Schools Fell Racing Championship which was held at Cockermouth in the Lake District.

The most successful of the Scarborough athletes, was 13-year-old Emma Clapton, of Lady Lumley’s School, who won the Year 8/9 championship for the first time.

Leah Ogden in fell running action

Leah Ogden in fell running action

Emma finished an impressive first of 54 girls from around the country.

Emma’s younger brother, 11-year-old Sam Clapton, also a Lady Lumley’s pupil, made a good championship debut when finishing 14th of 36 in the Year 7 championship.

Another good championship debut performance was achieved by 12-year-old Maurice Carlton-Seal of Ryedale School, who finished 25th of 75 in the Year 8/9 championship.

Fourteen-year-old Leah Ogden, of the Graham Raincliffe School, who moved up the championship age groups this year, ran well to finish in the top half of the Year 10/11 championship with 12th place of the 28 competitors.

Scarborough AC’s Bobby Scarborough was the winner of the weekly five-kilometre offroad race at Sewerby Park for the third time in the race’s history.

On this occasion Bobby completed the course in 18 minutes 29 seconds which was close to his best for the event.

Leigh Elson also ran well to finish as the fourth woman overall in 24 minutes 50 seconds.

Jeanette Richards of Scarborough Athletic Club completed her third triathlon this year at the Artemis event, which was held at the village of South Helmsley, near Hull.

This competition consisted of a 400 metre swim in the local sports hall pool, followed by a 24 kilometre cycle and ending with a 5 kilometre road run.

Jeanette who is an accomplished distance swimmer with the Kingfishers Club, was hampered in the small 33 metre pool by some slower runners, but made up lost ground on the cycle leg, which was longer than usual and over a tough course which included a long climb in the last few kilometres.

After the final 5 kilometre stage Jeannette clocked one hour 55 minutes, and was just behind the winner of the Over-50 class.

Jeanette plans to continue swimming in Masters Events, and will commence training for a road marathon next year.