Dixon strengthens trail hold

TODMORDEN Harriers made a short trip to the Worsthorne Moor Fell Race on Sunday.

In wet conditions, the seven-mile race featured in the club’s inaugural trail championship and Dwane Dixon strengthened his hold at the top of the table with fourth place in a time of 41:50.

Paul Brannigan edged out Robin Tuddenham on the line for 11th place, with only one second separating them, with Martin Stork in 14th.

Mel Robertson was the only Todmorden lady taking part, finishing in 98th place.

Todmorden Results: 4 Dwane Dixon 42.48; 11 Paul Brannigan 44.24; 12 Robin Tuddenham 44.25; 14 Martin Stork 45.09; 42 Simon Galloway 50.04; 49 Andrew Bibby 51.06; 55 Mick Craven 52.37; 64 Dan Taylor 54.04; 85 Richard O’Sullivan 58.05; 95 Kevin Coughlan 59.57; 98 Melanie Robertson 61.02.

On Saturday, a quartet of Harriers entered the classic Borrowdale Fell Race. Over 300 runners tackled the 17-mile route which features over 7,000 feet of ascent.

Phil Hodgson was the first Harrier in 153rd in a time of 4:24:56. Jane Leonard was second lady vet50, and 204th overall, in 4:45:58 with husband Richard completing the course in 5:15:03 for 267th place. Mandy Goth finished in 314th in 6:01:51.

Three Todmorden runners entered a new Rossendale Harriers race at Bacup on Wednesday. The Hailstorm Hill Fell Race, which fortunately did not live up to its name, saw Marcel Ellison lead the way for the Harriers in 26th place. Simon Anderton was 35th just ahead of James Riley in 38th.