THERE was a splendid turnout of spectators, parents and relatives for the 26th annual Octoberfest, organised by the Rotary Club of Whitby and District held on Caedmon school fields.
The variable weather conditions from heavy rain to sunshine did not dampen the enthusiasm of the 70 participants from nine local schools who had entered athletes in the four different age category runs.
This was heightened by the friendly rivalry which took place for both individual honours and team trophies.
One of the smallest schools in the district took pride of place as Ruswarp Church of England School took the Rotary Challenge Cup for having fielded the most runners on the day.
Runners up were East Whitby, with Airy Hill third.
Ruswarp school pupils also scooped the girl’s sixth year team challenge shield as well as providing the individual winner in Ellis Price, who held off a strong challenge from East Whitby’s Naomi Garbut with Xavia Crossling, Ruswarp, third.
The sixth year boys’ team trophy was not awarded there being insufficient participants for a team score.
Ruswarp School also claimed the year five girls’ team challenge trophy. Individual honours went to Jasmine Kent, Airy Hill, who was a runaway winner from team-mate Daisy Noble with Charley Dyson from East Whitby third.
Event organiser Harry Collett thanked Whitby Town Mayor Coun John Freeman for presenting the commemorative medals to participants.
Rotary Club President Geoff McInerny gave a vote of thanks to St John Ambulance representatives, the three generations of Collett ladies for co-ordinating registration and providing refreshments and to past and present Rotarians for acting as officials.
* For full results and Alan Wastell’s race photos, buy the Whitby Gazette on Tuesday 14 October.