A SUPERB effort from Skyrac AC athletes in the third meeting of the four-series North of England Track and Field League at the Princess Mary Stadium in Cleckheaton saw the club finish second on the day, just behind Grantham AC.

That result puts Skyrac AC third overall in Division 3EC, effectively securing the Guiseley-based club’s safety.

It also leaves the club with an outside chance of gaining promotion in the final meeting of the series next month.

The 800m men’s race saw yet another strong performance from young upcoming runner Joseph Boyle, who finished first in the B race in a personal best time of 2.10.1 minutes.

Joe Woodley then won the 1500m men’s race with a surging run down the home straight to finish in 4.21.4 minutes.

Adam Brooks won the men’s 400m hurdles convincingly in 64 seconds dead, a full 2.4 seconds ahead of Chesterfield’s Mark Beer in second place.

And Samuel Gatewood finished second in the triple jump with 11.53 metres.

In the women’s events, Amy Hartley won both the women’s 400m B race in 66.2 seconds and the women’s 800m B race in 2:37.8 minutes.

Elizabeth Stewart won the women’s 1500m B race in 5:29.1 minutes and there were strong performances from both Antonia Fan and Amy Francis in the women’s 3000m race.

In the Golden Acre Relays, Skyrac AC’s junior athletes triumphed in the mixed team category in the junior relay race, which consists of three one-mile legs around Golden Acre Park.

Competing in the year 5-7 age category, the team of Abigail Jones, Amelia White and Jacob Palmer were also the third fastest junior team overall.

In the main relay around the 2.75-mile course the senior Skyrac ladies team of Kate Corcoran, Arifa Chakera and Jenny Beaumont finished second in the ladies vets category in a time of 58:58 minutes and the senior men’s team of Andy McCue, Mark Beaumont and Chris Dove finished 15th overall and 10th in the men’s open category in 50:23 minutes.

A team of older Skyrac juniors, competing in the main relay, also finished a very impressive 98th overall out of 143 teams.

In the inaugural Ilkley Half Marathon, Skyrac’s Arifa Chakera crossed the finish line in 1:44:21, finishing 38th woman and 14th in the female V40 age category.