James earns fifth spot in Beverley 10k race

James Kraft in action during the Beverley 10K race
James Kraft in action during the Beverley 10K race

Twenty-seven members from Scarborough Athletic Club competed in the annual Beverley 10-kilometre road race.

This is now the second most popular road race after the club’s own Yorkshire Coast race at Scarborough.

The race, which starts and finishes in the town centre, has an opening testing uphill section out of the town centre, and strong winds on the more exposed parts of the course militated against super fast times this year.

The first home for the club was James Kraft who finished up in fifth place overall of the 1236 finishers in 34 minutes 13 seconds, which was an excellent time for this course.

He was followed by Mark Colling, who was 10th and the first over-45 veteran, and is now second ranked in the Yorkshire list. Rich Buckle closed in for the team with 34th overall and third over-45, and is now 10th ranked.

The team finished in fifth place behind three Hull teams and the host club.

The Scarborough women runners fared much better as a team when finishing as the second team.

They were led home by Sue Haslam, who was a splendid fifth overall and the first over-55, with Jane Hamp in 19th overall and the second over-55.

Sue and Jane are now first and second in the county rankings for the age group, and Sue is also sixth on the UK list.

Nikki Hanson closed in for the team after finishing up in 26th overall.

There was also success for several other club veterans at the event, and most notably the evergreen Neil Scruton, whose first place in the over-65 division resulted in a number one Yorkshire and United Kingdom number eight ranking.

Melanie Padgham was third over-50 and moves up to 11th-ranked in Yorkshire.

Ted Kraft finished as the over-55 runner-up and moved to third fastest in the county rankings.

In the older age groups, Ralph Broadley and Mally Sweetlove finished third and fourth respectively of the over-60s in the race and Pete Northedge was the fifth over-65 and is now eighth ranked in Yorkshire.

An increase in the club’s membership resulted in club debuts for six new members, who recorded some pleasing finish times.

Gemma Johnson, who was fourth home, was followed by Danny Walls, Wendy Miller, Martin Elwick, Linda Hinchcliffe and Mark Chamberlain.

In addition to the debutants, three other club members achieved personal best times for the distance.

Iain Anderson, Sam Shepherdson and Chris Wade all defied the less than favourable conditions to improve their performances.

Scarborough times

Male: J. Kraft 34.13, M. Colling 35.01, R Buckle 37.48, T. Kraft 37.54, D. Maw 39.07, R. Maw 39.18, D. Swift 39.50, A. Curtis 40.23, N. Scruton 40.57 , P. Markham 42.39, M. Lansell 44.00, C. Wade 44.27, R. Broadley44.37, M. Sweetlove 44.53, C. Clayton 45.36, G. Cromack 46.37, D. Walls 47.23, I. Anderson 47.24, P. Northedge 47.42, T. Rawling 48.33, P. Barnard 48.29, D. Fox 49.20, H. Forkin 50.20, M. Elwick 56.28, M. Chamberlain 66.20.

Female: S. Haslam 42.14, J. Hamp 45.27, N. Hanson 46.23, G. Johnson 46.46, M Padgham 48.20, S. Shepherdson 51.10, L. Milne 51.52, S. Kingscott 52.58, J. Clayton 53.27, W. Milner 55.05, L. Hinchcliffe 63.24, K. Jackson 70.53.