Scarborough Athletic Club hosted the third round of the East Yorkshire Cross Country League, which was held at Langdale End.
After recent snow and above average rainfall, the six-mile race route, which included a crossing on foot of a swollen upper River Derwent, made this the most arduous race of recent years, with many sections under water, and an above average amount of mud on the trails.
The weather for the race was fine and sunny, although the runners had to contend with some very strong wind at the highest point of this hilly course.
The first of the 16 Scarborough Athletic Club runners to cross the finish line was the in-form Jack Robertson, who finished as the runner up to the City of Hull Athletic Club member, Stuart Carmichael who repeated his win of 2011, and also led his club to a third team win this season.
Jack was followed by Richard Maw in 10th and Andy Curtis who was 20th. Both runners achieved their best result in the league this season.
Neil Scruton who was 23rd was not only the first over-65 again this season, but was also four minutes clear of the next over-60 finisher.
The scoring team which was fourth of the eight complete finishing teams was completed by veterans Mally Sweetlove who was 55th overall and third over-60, and Pete Northedge up in 60th and the second over-65 behind Neil Scruton.
The back up was provided by Dave Shipley in 61st, and then a group of three who finished close together, with Dave Parke in 77th edging out Pete O’Callaghan, 78th and Dave Fox 79th.
The club press officer Mick Thompson completed a record seventh cross country race of the season, as theover-70 runner up, behind his rival Frank Harrison of the City of Hull club.
Scarborough’s women’s team achieved their best result of the season, when they finished as the runner-up team behind Bridlington Road Runners, who achieved their first team win. The team were led home by Hester Butterworth who was fourth woman overall and first over-40.
Helena Schofield was the next scoring runner in seventh, and headed league debutant Sally Cuff who closed in for the team in 14th.
Jayne Graves and Sally Kingscott who have competed in all league races this season, provided back up when finishing in 18th and 24th respectively.