In-form Kraft leads the way in Welton

TOP MAN ... James Kraft
TOP MAN ... James Kraft

FOURTEEN members of Scarborough Athletic Club competed in the fifth and penultimate fixture of the East Yorkshire Cross Country League, which took place on a snow covered course around the village of Welton, near Hull.

The men’s team were led home for the fourth time this season by James Kraft, who finished as the runner up.

This result has made him a clear favourite to be the league champion, providing that he competes in the final fixture at Sewerby in March.

James was followed home by his father Ted Kraft, who finished in 12th overall, and was the first over-55, significantly ahead of his main rival in this age group, Martin Booth of Goole Viking Striders who was back in 18th.

Another father and son duo were the next two team scorers for Scarborough, when Richard Maw led home his 17-year-old son Daniel Maw when finishing in 16th overall and the third Over-40.

Daniel, who is competing in his first East Yorkshire League season, which allows only athletes aged over 17, finished well up the field of 138 in 30th overall.

The scoring team was completed by Andrew Curtis and club chairman Chris Clayton.

Andrew has provided some consistent top scoring points for the team all season, and once again earned his team points with a 42nd placed overall finish.

Chris, who is one of only four club members to compete in all five races in the league, closed out for the men’s team with a 58th men’s place finish.

The men’s team finished fourth, but remains in third overall this season.

The back-up was provided by Michael Whitely and Mick Thompson.

Michael is another valuable ever present, and on his fifth race this season finished in 76th.

Mick was 94th and ahead of other Over-70 runner in the race, Frank Harrison of the City of Hull Athletic Club. Thompson therefore narrowed the gap between them for the Over-70 title this season, after missing the previous fixture.

The women’s team was led home for the third time this season by Charlotte Edge who was fourth woman finisher.

In what is her first season in this league, 17-year-old Charlotte consolidated her overall second place in the competition, and retains the possibility of winning the league title, depending on the outcome of the final race.

Gill Glegg, who has been making a comeback at cross country racing this season, was next home in 23rd and also the second Over-50.

Her training partner Jayne Graves completed the scoring team when finishing up in 29th.

The team had to settle for fifth but is now fourth overall for the season.

The team was backed up by two more of the club’s four ever-presents, Julie Clayton, who was 32nd woman finisher, and Sally Kingscott, who was 33rd.

Also backing up the women’s team was Liz Kraft, who has joined her husband Ted and son James in the league this season, and after a strong finish completed the race in 36th place.