Jeff Winder shines for Scarborough Athletic Club at Osmotherley

Jeff Winder
Jeff Winder

Three members of Scarborough Athletic Club competed in the third round of the Northern Runner Summer Fell race series which was held on the North Yorkshire Moors at Osmotherly near Northallerton.

The race consisted of a testing 5.3 mile course which had 1,834 feet of climb.

On what was a pleasantly warm evening, the first of the Scarborough trio to cross the finish line was the experienced Jeff Winder, who finished up in 24th overall of the 99 runners, and for the second time in this summer series was the first over-60, and is now the early leader of his age group.

Ed Whittle followed Jeff home, and on his return to fell racing this summer after concentrating on triathlon last year, continued to improve and finished in 37th overall.

Sue Haslam continues to be unbeatable in the over-55 group, and is also very competitive in the overall women’s standings after finishing in third.

After a successful run in this year’s London Marathon, Jane Hamp and Julie Clayton competed in the 10th running of the Wharfedale Marathon, which is a 25-mile fell race with 2,530 feet of climb, staged on a very scenic Yorkshire Dales course at Threshfield near Skipton.

Jane finished ahead of her training partner Julie in a splendid time for such a tough event of 4 hours 37 minutes. She was also the 15th woman overall and the sixth over-50 finisher.

Julie returned to her favourite running discipline after successfully competing in this year’s London Marathon, and was 20th woman overall in 4 hours 42 minutes.

Julie was accompanied in the race by her husband and club chairman Chris Clayton, who also ran in this year’s London Marathon. Chris was 70th overall in the same time as Julie.

Dave Parke opted for the accompanying half marathon, and in what was the first of two races over the weekend, completed the shorter but also very tough race in two hours and 36 minutes.

Seven members of Scarborough AC competed in the Mulgrave Castle 10K offroad race, which was held mostly on wooded paths of the Mulgrave Estate at Lythe near Whitby.

The Scarborough runners were led home by 65-year-old Neil Scruton, who was the oldest of an over 60 quartet, who competed as over-50s in this race.

Neil’s 14th overall finish in 47 minutes 26 seconds, also gave him the first over-50 prize.

Sixty-three-year-old Ralph Broadley was also well up the front of the race in 29th overall in 52 minutes 57 seconds, and was the eighth over-50.

Harry Forkin who is also 65, finished 51st overall and 20th of the over-50s in 61 minutes 10 seconds.

Dave Parke, 61, who was racing for the second time in 24 hours, finished 55th overall. In 65 minutes 24 seconds. Dave was also 23rd of the over-50 group.

Three younger club members also completed the race, with Sam Shepherdson who finished well up the field in a time of 60 minutes 50 seconds, heading Sharon Houghton and Mik Lambert who finished together in 70 minutes 24 seconds.