Scarborough athletes on top form

Scarborough AC's Matthew Middleton, left, at The McCain Yorkshire Coast 10k run  124344d
Scarborough AC's Matthew Middleton, left, at The McCain Yorkshire Coast 10k run 124344d

Scarborough Athletic Club members have been on top form in a wide variety of events over the past week or so.

Six senior Scarborough AC members competed in the Freebird Triathlon.

The event which was based at the Driffield Leisure Centre consisted of a 400-metre indoor swim, 19-kilometre cycle and a five-kilometre run

Chris Duck was the first of the three Scarborough men and third overall in 55 minutes 11 seconds.

He was followed by Kevin Moment, seventh in 58.42, and event debutant Matthew Middleton, who was 60th overall of 288 men in 69.02.

Hester Butterworth led the three club women members in 20th woman and second over-40 in 74.07.

Jeannette Richards and Diane Roberts, both competing for the Kingfishers Swimming Club triathlon team, finished ninth and 13th respectively in the over-50 category. Jeanette clocked 89.34 and Diane was timed at 90.25.

Six club members competed in the latest Sewerby Parkrun in windy but otherwise fine weather conditions.

James Kraft finished third behind a visiting French international athlete and course record holder Phil Taylor, in 16 minutes 42 seconds.

He was followed by Matthew Middleton in fourth with 18.31 and Paul Chapman 26th in a personal best 23.21.

David Field also achieved a personal best despite the windy weather of 23.45.

Liz Kraft finished 27th woman overall and third over-50 in 29.10 and headed Linda Hinchcliffe, who was 29th and equalled her best time at Sewerby with 29.42

Southport-based Rachel Gyte represented Scarborough AC at the Great Manchester 10 kilometre road race.

Rachel joined 40,000 runners and completed the race well up the field in 52 minutes 34, which was her second best time after her best at Scarborough’s Yorkshire Coast race.

Rachel was joined by Liz Raper, who finished in 59.25, and for the second consecutive week, was the second over-65 in a major 10 kilometre race. She remains the number one ranked over-65 in the Yorkshire rankings list.

Two members of Scarborough AC took part in the annual Wolds Way 20, which is a Long Distance Walkers event that was organised and supported by the North Wolds West Division Rangers.

The participants enjoyed some fine weather and a well-marshalled course over 20 miles which started and finished in the Village Hall at Millington near Pocklington, and took in Bishop Wilton, Kirkby Underdale and Thixendale.

Julie Clayton and Danny Walls who are regular competitors at long distance multi-terrain events, completed this testing but very scenic course together in 4 hours 31 minutes, and were joint eighth of the 51 finishers to arrive back at Millington, and partake of the traditional finish pie and vegetable broth.