Kraft and Fleming shine in Liverpool challenge
Two club members competed in the latest round of the British Athletics Cross Challenge which was held at Sefton Park in Liverpool.
The event was also a selection race for the European Cross Country Championships, and the senior men’s race was said to be the strongest field for many years, including athletes who competed in the Rio Olympics.The race winner Andrew Butchart was sixth in the Olympic 5,000 metres final and the runner-up Callum Hawkins was ninth in the Olympic marathon.The in-form James Kraft, who was third in this year’s Yorkshire Coast 10 kilometre race, completed the testing 9.9 kilometre course in 34 minutes 21 seconds and was 177th of the 632 finishers. He was followed by Andrew Fleming who clocked 40.11 and was up in 343rd. They were also the first finishers of all North Yorkshire athletics clubs. Seventeen club members competed in the latest Sewerby Parkrun.Fifteen-year-old Christian Mummert, who is the reigning club champion boy, achieved his first win at this increasingly popular event which this week had 135 finishers. He was followed by Michael Dowson, who was 15th and Geoff Cromack came in 24th . Leoni Bradnam led the club’s 12 female runners when finishing second in a personal best time. She was followed by Sharon Corden, who also ran a personal best after finishing 10th and first Over-45. Next to finish was Melanie Padgham 12th and second Over-50 and Lesley Bayes 15th and first Over-65. The other females were: 18th Jennie Trown, 22nd Emma Foster, 25th Dawn Trown, 29th Sophie Vaughan, 33rd Sharon Horner, 34th Sharon Parsons, Liz Jones 36 and first Over-60, 58th Liz Cremer with a personal best time. Other male finishers were: Dave Fox 31st and first Over-65, and Mike Padgham 54th in a personal best time.Five SAC members competed in the latest Dalby Forest Parkrun. Glen Shelton led the quintet in 10th and first Over-55. Ruth Rutt, who was competing for the club for only the second time was second and first Over-55. A trio of regular Parkrunners were led by Juliette Pilgrim, who was 10th, and was followed by Alison Wiles in 30th and Ciara Harper 37th and second junior under-14 female.