It’s a wild weekend for Harriers

Todmorden Harriers experienced wild weather at the weekend as they were spread far and wide.

Braving horrendous gales and torrential rain, James Riley and Simon Galloway tackled the Fell End Clouds Fell Race near Sedburgh on Saturday.

The race, which is part of the Kendal Winter League, was run over a shortened course due to the weather conditions with James finishing in 21st and Simon in 40th.

Similar conditions were experienced for the Mickledon Straddle, near Denby Dale, with gusts of up to 90 mph recorded.

Derek Donohue and Mandy Goth battled their way around the 13.8-mile course to finish 149th and 189th respectively.

Also braving Saturday’s wet weather, Robin Tuddenham recorded a comfortable first place at the Heaton Park 5k park-run with a time of 17:43, for his second win on the course.

Richard Butterwick and Myra Wells travelled to Bolton for the first running of the latest event to be added to the weekly park-run family at Leverhulme Park, with Richard dodging the puddles to finish in fifth and Myra in 34th place.

Richard and Myra then travelled to central Manchester on Sunday for the Alexandra Park 5k in much drier conditions,

Richard finished in 12th in 20:00 and Myra fifth lady and first fv50 in 28:03.

Martin Stork was the sole Todmorden runner in the Dewsbury 10k, completing the course in 38:29 to finish 100th out of the 1,000 runners.

Todmorden Harriers’ toughest fell race takes place on February 26 at noon, with entry on the day £5 at race HQ at the Top Brink Inn.

The nine-mile Noonstone Fell Race includes over 2300 feet of ascent and further details can be found on the club’s website www.todharriers.co.uk

l Another Todmorden school has won through to cross country finals in Halifax.

In addition to Shade School pupils, a team of seven children from Castle Hill Primary School have also gained positions at the final in March.