Veteran Neil leads the way at Driffield

Ten members of Scarborough Athletic Club competed in the annual Mucky Duck race at Driffield, a popular multi terrain race over 8.5 miles of undulating road and trails, which starts and finishes at Driffield Rugby Club.

This year the race took place in very warm weather, but the Scarborough runners, who were all veteran athletes over the age of 35, coped very well and achieved some very good results in their own veteran categories.

The first Scarborough finisher was Neil Scruton, who was a very impressive 16th overall of the 184 finisher.

Neil, who celebrated his 65th birthday recently, was the first in the lower over-60 group as there no over-65 awards for this race.

In the same age group, Geoff Bell was second, Ralph Broadley third and Dave Parke tenth of the 16 other over-60s.

The second Scarborough finisher was Mark Lansell, who was the fourth over-50.

Mark was closely followed by Sue Haslam, who was the third woman finisher overall, first over-55, and the first of the three Scarborough women finishers.

Lucy Harrison was the second across the line for Scarborough, and was the fourth over-35.

The third athlete to finish was Julie Clayton, who was third over-45.

Dave Shipley was the third Scarborough runner to finish first in an age group, when he won the over-55 prize.

Club chairman Chris Clayton had to settle for 12th place in the very competitive over-45 group, even though he was ahead of two-thirds of the field to arrive back at the Rugby Club.

Complete Scarborough Results: 16 Neil Scruton 58.14, 25 Mark Lansell 59.57, 28 Sue Haslam 60.43, 31 Dave Shipley 61.22, 37 Geoff Bell 62.30, 46 Ralph Broadley 63.43, 63 Chris Clayton 66.26, 103 Lucy Harrison 73.04, 126 David Parke 77.07, 136 Julie Clayton 79.10.

Scarborough Athletic Club was represented at the Melmerby 10 kilometre road race by two in-form runners, James Kraft and his father Ted Kraft.

On a tough course, and in very warm weather conditions, James was unable to match his recent times for the distance, but was able to finish up in fourth overall of the 199 finishers in a time of 35 minutes 22 seconds.

Ted was also an impressive 15th overall and once again the first over-55 in 38 minutes and 7 seconds.