SKYRAC AC athletes competed at an emotional track meeting following the sudden death of a club coach Tim Agar.

The club's athletes and coaches made the long journey from Guiseley to Boston in Lincolnshire for the final track meeting of the 2019 North of England Track & Field League.

The club was rocked just a week earlier by the sudden death at home of Agar, a long-standing and much-loved coach at Skyrac.

The former athlete and Milford FC player/coach nurtured hundreds of young (and some not so young) Skyrac athletes over the years and was a founding partner in the popular Yorkshire Runner shop in Otley.

Horrendous gale force winds forced the discus, hammer and high jump to be cancelled, but Skyrac rallied to finish third on the day and secured third spot overall in Division 3EC of the North of England League.

Highlights included up and coming young athlete Sophie McIlroy finishing second in the women’s 200m and third in the 800m as well as putting in a strong first leg in the 4 x 100m relay, while Antonia Fan finished second in the women’s 3,000m.

Special mention also goes to Hannah Francis, Arifa Chakera, Punitha Sellamuthu, Beth Massey and Jenny Beaumont, who all competed in up to five events each across track and field.

In the men’s competition, Samuel Gatewood raced to a superb double to win both the men’s 100m and 200m.

Adam Brooks won the men’s 400m hurdles by three seconds and also finished second in the 110m hurdles, despite nursing an injury, while Joe Woodley battled the relentless 40-50mph winds for a hard-fought second place in the men’s 5,000m.

Joseph Boyle, James Tate, Andy Tate, Chris Dove, Mark Beaumont, Steven Porteous and Andy McCue also gained vital points competing across multiple events each.

Skyrac’s Charlotte Rawstron also put in a superb performance at the York Young Athletes track meeting on Sunday.

Rawstron collected a silver medal in the Under-15 girls 800m and then finished second in a mixed girls team in the 4 x 100m relay.

Her sister, Jess Rawstron, also competed and finished fifth in the Under-13 girls long jump with 3.07 metres, having had a bigger jump red flagged.