Scarborough quartet shine in Edinburgh

Four Scarborough Athletic Club members joined a record total of 23,000 runners competing in the increasingly popular marathon and half-marathon events in Edinburgh.

In the marathon Michael Whiteley was on course for a fast time when he sustained a leg injury around the 19 mile mark, which forced him to slow down and walk for most of the remaining seven miles rather than pull out. His fortitude was rewarded with a decent finish time of 4 hours 38 minutes.

In the half marathon, Andy Curtis finished well up the field in 1 hour and 34 minutes. He was followed by Melanie Padgham who finished eighth in her new over-50 age group in 1 hour 46 minutes..

Harry Forkin who was also running in a new age group, finished ninth over-65 and recorded his best time for seven years when crossing the line in 1 hour 51 minutes.

Three members of Scarborough Athletic Club also took part in the Sheffield Half Marathon which attracted a record 5,737 runners.

The race started and finished in Don Valley Stadium took place on one of the hottest days of the year so far.

The first of the Scarborough trio to finish was Pete Johnson who finished up in 129th overall in 1 hour 27 minutes, and was the first over-60. His time was the fastest time of all Scarborough runners this year so far.

He was followed by Mally Sweetlove who was ninth of 65 over-60 men in the race with a good time of 1 hour 44 minutes.

Vicky Firth made a good debut for the club when finishing in 1 hours 54 minutes, which was one of the fastest times this year of all the Scarborough women runners.