Nikki shines on debut run

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Three members of Scarborough Athletic Club competed in the Greater Manchester Marathon, which this year attracted 5,000 runners.

The first finisher of the trio was Nikki Hanson, pictured right, who made a most outstanding marathon debut with a time of 3 hours 38 minutes, which was the fastest time by a Scarborough Athletic Club woman for two years.

Her time ensures a place in the 2014 Virgin London Marathon as a Good For Age athlete. In the United Kingdom Athletic Association rankings, Nikki will be ranked 11th over-40 Yorkshire woman, and second North Yorkshire.

Geoff Cromack achieved a third consecutive personal best for the marathon distance of 3 hours 56 minutes, and has improved by over an hour since his debut.

Jeanette Richards, who was also competing in her third ever marathon, opted to run with her friend Karen Coles who she has been coaching for a marathon debut.

After some unavoidable setbacks in training earlier this year, Karen achieved her goal when she finished in 6 hours 24 minutes alongside Jeanette, a former long distance swimmer, who will now concentrate on triathlon events.

Three members of the club competed in the Rother Valley 10 Kilometre road race. Extremely strong winds ruled out fast times, but all three achieved some good results in their age groups.

Diane Herrington finished first over -35 woman in 51.48, and her 15-year-old daughter Leah Herrington, who was competing over the distance for the first time clocked 52.19, and was the second under-20 woman.

Mike Willis finished in 54.00 and was the third over-65.

Helena Schofield continued her recent good form on the roads when she competed in the Fountains Abbey 10 kilometre road race.

On what was a very windy day, Helena finished first woman and an excellent 26th overall in 43 minutes and one second.

Her time is the fastest so far this year by all of the club members.

James and Ted Kraft competed very successfully at the latest of the multi terrain Sewerby Park weekly 5 kilometre races, which are over a scenic coastal course at Sewerby near Bridlington.

James, who recently returned home from employment in Italy, finished first for the sixth time at this fixture in 17 minutes 37 seconds.

He was followed by his father Ted Kraft, who was just denied the runner-up spot by Redcar’s Paul Darroch, but was the first veteran and also scored the race’s highest age group grading of 82.6% when clocking 19 minutes 15 seconds.