Tak­ing the 10k and Fun Runs in their stride

The Scarborough News - - FRONT PAGE - Pic­tures By Richard Pon­ter news­desk@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @TheS­car­boroNews

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he McCain 10K race fun runs at­tracted around 800 peo­ple on Sun­day, as race­go­ers en­joyed fan­tas­tic weather.

Two fun runs took place around the seafront, at­tract­ing big crowds and a lot of smil­ing faces.

The event is or­gan­ised by Scar­bor­ough Ath­letic Club and has grown ev­ery year since it started. This year all places sold out in un­der three hours.

“It was a tremen­dous suc­cess,” said Race Di­rec­tor Mike Padgham.

“I don’t have an of­fi­cial num­ber yet but we be­lieve that more than 800 peo­ple took part in it.

“We even had some of the 10k run­ners take part for the fun run with their kids.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to all be­hind the scenes from the Scar­bor­ough Ath­letic Club who helped us.”

In the 10k race, 2,500 peo­ple took part, in­clud­ing Jon Kemp, who ran the race back­wards, mak­ing the tenth an­niver­sary by far the big­gest yet.

More than 2,500 peo­ple made their way to the Scar­bor­ough Spa on Sun­day for the 10th an­nual McCain York­shire Coast 10k and Fam­ily Fun Runs. The event has grown ev­ery year since it started and this year all places sold out in un­der three hours.

Par­tic­i­pants came from all across the UK and beyond to take part in the 10k, rang­ing from 15 to 81, and was won by Whitby’s Jay Ferns for the fourth year on the trot.

The 1.6km and 2.6km Fam­ily Fun Runs were also hugely pop­u­lar, with over 800 run­ners tak­ing part from the age of two – mak­ing them among the largest Fun Runs in the coun­try.

Race di­rec­tors Me­lanie and Mike Padgham said: “We’re very grate­ful to McCain for their con­tin­ued sup­port for the 10k and to all the other spon­sors too.

“We would also like to thank the 10k vol­un­teers who gave up so much of their time to make this hap­pen.”

A record 102 Scar­bor­ough Ath­letic Club mem­bers com­peted in the 10th run­ning of the road race, which was a big in­crease on the 59 who ran in the the 2009 event.

The club achieved suc­cess in both in­di­vid­ual and team re­sults.

The first fin­isher over­all for the club was James Kraft in third in 33 min­utes 46 sec­onds and he was fol­lowed by Harry But­ter­worth, who made an ex­cel­lent event de­but by fin­ish­ing 22nd over­all in 37.33.

He was closely fol­lowed by Sam Cullen, who also made his de­but and closed in for the win­ning team in 37.37 in 23rd.

In the women’s race, Rhona Mar­shall fin­ished first in a per­sonal best time of 39 min­utes 20 sec­onds.

She was fol­lowed by Han­nah Main­prize in fifth over­all in a per­sonal best time of 41.45.

Beckie May closed in for the team in 23rd and also achieved a per­sonal best time of 44.30

In ad­di­tion to mem­bers of the women’s team, three other club mem­bers achieved ex­cel­lent re­sults in thir age group cat­e­gories.

Neil Scru­ton was the first of a record 21 Over-70 men in 43.04, Jemma Cas­son was the first ju­nior fe­male in 50.34 and Sacha But­ter­worth sec­ond Ju­nior in 51.40. Jen­nifer Domett from event spon­sor McCain said: “We’re ex­tremely proud to have sup­ported the McCain York­shire Coast 10k and Fam­ily Fun Runs for the past 10 years.

“This year’s race was bet­ter than ever - the at­mos­phere

was full of ex­cite­ment. “The sense of

achieve­ment you see in peo­ple’s faces when they cross that fin­ish line is some­thing re­ally spe­cial.”

En­tries for next year’s event, which will take place on Sun­day Septem­ber 29, will open on June 1 2019.

Younger fun run ac­tion. 1844105 d

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Younger fun run high five. 1844105 g Right: Fun run win­ner. 1844105j

Younger girls win­ner and run­ner up. 1844105 b.

Near­ing the fin­ish of the fun run. 1844105 k

Younger cat­e­gory fun run win­ner. 1844105a. Be­low: 1844105f

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Whitby’s Jay Ferns races to his fourth suc­ces­sive York­shire Coast 10k win (above) and first fe­male run­ner Rhona Mar­shall cel­e­brates (in­set right)

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