Harriers brave rain and hail for championship points

A HANDFUL of Todmorden Harriers braved unseasonable conditions at the Fleetwood Half Marathon on Sunday.

They battled around the 13-mile course through gale force winds with frequent heavy rain and hail showers in what was the latest round of the club’s road championship.

Robin Tuddenham ran a strong race to finish in seventh place and first vet40 in a time of 1:17:57 closing the gap on current championship leader, Martin Stork who finished in 14th place.

Darren Graham completed the course in 67th, with Simon Galloway finishing in 90th.

Mel Robertson was the sole female Todmorden runner in 181st place

Todmorden Results: 7 Robin Tuddenham 1.17.57; 14 Martin Stork 1.22.04; 67 Darren Graham 1.32.17; 90 Simon Galloway 1.36.45; 181 Mel Robertson 1.49.11

On Tuesday, a trio of Todmorden runners enjoyed calmer conditions at the Stan Curran Cowm Reservoir 5k.

A sizeable entry from Salford Harriers saw the course records for men and women both fall with Joe Bailey winning in a time of 15:11, over one minute ahead of second place, and Hayley Kuter setting a new women’s mark of 18:00.

Simon Anderton completed the two-lap course of the reservoir in 19:53 for 30th place overall and first vet50. James Riley was hot on his heels in 32nd place and a time of 20:05.

Myra Wells finished in 89th place for Todmorden in 28:47.