Junior stars hit top form at Hartlepool

Scarborough Athletic Club hold cross country event at Olivers Mount. Despite a stitch, Emma Clapton finishes a fine 2nd place in the under 13 girls race. Picture by Andrew Higgins 114287f 23/10/11
Scarborough Athletic Club hold cross country event at Olivers Mount. Despite a stitch, Emma Clapton finishes a fine 2nd place in the under 13 girls race. Picture by Andrew Higgins 114287f 23/10/11

TEN of Scarborough Athletic Club’s young athletes, plus two seniors, competed in the third North Yorkshire & South Durham Cross Country League fixture held on testing hilly and muddy courses at Summerhill Country Park, Hartlepool.

There was some excellent individual and team results once again for the juniors, who have also been making consistent improvements in their results in this league, and at county and national level in relay races.

In the girls under-13 race, Emma Clapton won her first league race, and Hannah Bayes ran well to finish in 12th place.

In the corresponding boys race, Sam Clapton, the younger brother of race winner Emma, achieved his highest league finish when finishing up in fourth.

The under-15 girls team, which is club’s top team in the age groups, achieved a win over their rivals Middlesbrough Mandale Athletic Club, and are now the leading team for the third consecutive season. Their success was achieved when all five girls finished in the top 10 of the race for the first time.

There was a a second consecutive one-two finish by Bronwen Owen and team-mate and training partner Louise Taylor.

The duo are now the highest-placed overall in the league. Leah Ogden secured the win when finishing seventh which was her best position this season. Hannah Mainprize in eighth and Sarah Ogden who was 10th.

Both ran well to achieve their highest finishing position this season

In the women’s senior race, Becky Mills finished first the under-17 division, and her fourth overall placing was her best result since moving up from the under-15 group.

In the corresponding men’s under-17 race, Bobby Scarborough who was once again the club’s only competitor in this age-group, moved up to joint third overall in the league after he also achieved his best result of season when finishing up in fourth overall behind former national champion Fergus Roberts of Richmond and Zetland Harriers who made a seasonal winning debut in the race.

In the men’s senior race, two club members whose children had competed at the meeting, made their league debut.

Derek Owen whose daughter Bronwen had won the under-15 race, finished in 65th and Carl Clapton, whose two children were successful in under-13 races, finished in 127th.