Swift leads the way in London Marathon

Bronwen Owen, left and Emma Clapton at the London Mini Marathon
Bronwen Owen, left and Emma Clapton at the London Mini Marathon

All seven Scarborough Athletic Club members who competed in the Virgin London Marathon completed the 33rd running of the race.

They all finished inside the top half of the record 36,707 number of finishers, which was a good indication that few had been deterred by the Boston Marathon bombing.

While the weather conditions at the start of the Elite Women’s race at 9am were described as perfect, when the main race which started an hour later progressed towards midday, it became noticeably much warmer, and this had an adverse affect on many runners.

The first Scarborough runner to cross the finish line in The Mall, was 52-year-old Derrick Swift, the newest and also the most experienced club member at the race after 15 previous London Marathons.

He clocked 3 hours and 12 minutes after a perfectly judged race.

Derrick is now ensured an automatic entry to the 2014 London Marathon as a ‘Good For Age’ runner.

Dave Baldwin was next home and one of the three club members who were raising funds for charity.

Dave made a very good start and was on target for a sub three-hour finish at half way, but had to hang on in the last eight miles to finish in 3 hours 18 for Saint Catherine’s Hospice.

Shaun Tymon completed his seventh London Marathon, and for which he continues to raise funds for Ellie’s Fund. This year Shaun clocked 3 hours 36 minutes.

The third of the charity fundraisers was Lucy Harrison who was running for Sepsis Trust.

On her second London run, Lucy came close to her previous time achieved on her debut last year, when she finished in 4 hours 24 minutes.

Iain Anderson also had to dig deep after a good start, and although he also suffered in the closing miles, he nonetheless ran a personal best time of 4 hours 17 minutes

Sally Kingscott who was the club’s only other Scarborough woman at the event this year, finished in 4 hours 34 minutes.

This was an excellent result, and particularly so after her preparation was hampered by an injury sustained at a cross country race earlier in the year.

After Derrick Swift, 66-year-old Harry Forkin was the next most experienced with 12 previous London Marathons, and also the oldest Scarborough AC runner this year. Harry finished in 4 hours 24 minutes, which he was very pleased to note was his best time for 17 years.

Two of Scarborough AC’s young athletes represented Yorkshire and Humberside at the British Athletics Road Race Championships, which is now officially incorporated into the Virgin London Mini Marathon.

The event for athletes aged 11 to 17, includes a competition for London Borough teams, precedes the main marathon, and is run over the final three miles of the marathon course, finishing in The Mall.

Entry to the championship races is solely after selection by one of the nine competing regions of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Bronwen Owen and Emma Clapton, pictured left, were both selected following an outstanding year in athletics, and for which they both received Scarborough Borough Sports Awards last year.

In the under-17 race, Bronwen Owen who was a previous winner of the under-15 race two years ago, finished a close third, and just a stride down on her rival and Yorkshire team mate Annabel Mason, the reigning National Cross Country Champion and European Junior Mountain Running Champion.

Both of the prodigious Clay sisters, who competed for Great Britain at the Junior World Cross Country Championships in Poland last month, were split by Bronwen who finished ahead of Alec who was fourth, while Bobby won what was one of top class races of the championship, which had 263 finishers.

Bronwen along with team mate Annabel, helped Yorkshire and Humberside achieve the team victory.

Emma Clapton competed in the under-15 championship race, which included some top class athletes who are now competing in under-17 events, such as the winner Harriet Knowles-Jones.

In second place was the reigning Scottish cross country and 1,500m track champion Gillian Black. Emma finished up in 13th of the 295 and was the seventh of her actual age group.