Leah snaps up Oliver’s Mount success

Scarborough Athletic Club hold cross country event at Olivers Mount. The start of the under 15 boys race. Picture by Andrew Higgins 114287h 23/10/11
Scarborough Athletic Club hold cross country event at Olivers Mount. The start of the under 15 boys race. Picture by Andrew Higgins 114287h 23/10/11
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Scarborough Athletic Club hosted the second fixture of this season’s North Yorkshire and South Durham Cross Country League, at Olivers Mount over a course which incorporated a mixture of the lower sports field and adjoining farmland courtesy of landowner Mr H Simpson.

The most successful event of the fixture for the host club, was the Girl’s under-15s race, which resulted in a win for the team and a one-two finish by individual members.

Scarborough Athletic Club hold cross country event at Olivers Mount. Scarborough under 15 runners, Hannah Mainprize, left, Sara Ogden, Leah Ogden, Bronwen Owen, and Louise Taylor. Picture by Andrew Higgins 114287k 23/10/11

Scarborough Athletic Club hold cross country event at Olivers Mount. Scarborough under 15 runners, Hannah Mainprize, left, Sara Ogden, Leah Ogden, Bronwen Owen, and Louise Taylor. Picture by Andrew Higgins 114287k 23/10/11

The reigning league champion Bronwen Owen and runner up Louise Taylor, fought off a strong challenge by the Middlesborough Mandale Athletic Club team.

Leah Ogden sealed the win when finishing up in eighth place and just ahead of Hannah Mainprize who provided a very good back up with a close up in ninth along with Sarah Ogden, who had a solid run to finish 15th.

After the first two fixtures, the Scarborough team is now level on points with Middlesborough Mandale, who were runners up behind Scarborough last season.

Scarborough’s under-13s Girl’s fielded a full team for the first time this season, and achieved a notable runner up team placing.

Scarborough Athletic Club hold cross country event at Olivers Mount. Scarborough's Zoe Whiting concentrates on her stride at the start of the under 13 girls race. Picture by Andrew Higgins 114287e 23/10/11

Scarborough Athletic Club hold cross country event at Olivers Mount. Scarborough's Zoe Whiting concentrates on her stride at the start of the under 13 girls race. Picture by Andrew Higgins 114287e 23/10/11

Emma Clapton came close to a winning seasonal league debut, when finishing just four seconds behind the winner, Stella Jones of Darlington Harriers.

The team was completed by debutant, Hannah Bayes, who finished up in 14th and ahead of Zoe Whiting who was 18th.

Both of the Scarborough duo ran well to finish clear of a more experienced team from Beverley Athletic Club, and three other teams from the North East region.

The opening race of the fixture was a under-11s race for boys and girls, and after an extremely competitive race with around just a minute’s difference in finishing times for the top 20 of the 25 finishers.

Scarborough Athletic Club hold cross country event at Olivers Mount. No600 Sam Clapton makes a good start in the under 13 boys race. Picture by Andrew Higgins 114287b 23/10/11

Scarborough Athletic Club hold cross country event at Olivers Mount. No600 Sam Clapton makes a good start in the under 13 boys race. Picture by Andrew Higgins 114287b 23/10/11

Harley Harrison made a good debut for the club when finishing in 17th place, and less than a minute behind Joshua Copperthwaite of Middlesborough Mandale Athletic Club, who won this race for the second consecutive time this season.

In the Men’s under-17s race, which was incorporated into the senior men’s event, but over three of the four laps, Jack Robertson was matching strides with the subsequent overall senior race winner Marc Scott of Richmond and Zetland Athletic Club in the early stages of the race,.

But after a determined effort on his season’s debut race, subsequently finished as the runner up behind Wayne Parker of New Marske Harriers, who won the previous fixture.

Bobby Scarborough, who was denied any league points at the opening fixture when the race was declared void after a marshalling error, made up some ground in the overall league placing when finishing well up in fifth place.

In the Senior Women’s race, Charlotte Edge made a very successful seasonal and also a under-20s debut, when finishing fourth overall and the first over-20.

She was followed home by Amy Bridgeman, racing as a senior athlete for the first time, ran well to finish up in 34th overall.

The meeting concluded with the senior men’s race, in which John Trelfa who was the only club member to complete the course, crossed the line well up in 16th overall of 97 and was the runner up in the over-45s group.