Harriers ladies add British bronze to England gold

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TODMORDEN Harriers ladies team were celebrating once again at the weekend after winning the bronze medal in this year’s British Fell Championships, to add to their recent gold medal in the English Championships.

The final race was the Devil’s Beef Tub in Scotland, which was an extremely hard two-mile race, featuring over 750 feet of steep ascent and descent.

In misty and wet conditions Sarah May led the way for the Harriers with seventh place in the ladies race in a time of 29 minutes.

Elise Milnes, in 22nd place, then led in a quartet of Todmorden runners in quick succession with Mandy Goth, Sue Roberts and Kath Brierley taking the next three places.

That gave them third placed team on the day to confirm their medal winning position in the final table behind Calder Valley Fell Runners and Welsh club Eryri Harriers.

In the subsequent men’s race John Lloyd finished in 50th in a time of 25:35 and James Riley in 72nd in 28:37.

On Sunday, the club’s Trail Championship was back on the agenda with the 4.5 mile Worsley Woods Trail Race.

It was the turn of the men to put in a strong performance with Robin Tuddenham (pictured), Dwane Dixon and John Lloyd taking fourth, fifth and sixth places.

However, they agonisingly missed out on the team prize, by one point, to Salford Harriers who were led in by Andi Jones who won the race for another year in 23:53.

Dan Taylor put in a solid run for 15th place, with Simon Galloway completing the leafy course in 28th place.

Andrea Marshall finished 11th lady in 41:00 for 62nd overall, with Dave O’Neill and Myra Wells crossing the finish line in 74th and 81st places respectively.