Mild Toddy conditions as Grime leads them in

Hot Toddy women's race winner Lauren Jeska gives the thumbs up. Picture courtesy of Todmorden Harriers

Hot Toddy women's race winner Lauren Jeska gives the thumbs up. Picture courtesy of Todmorden Harriers

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IAN Grime raced to victory in mild conditions at the Hot Toddy Road Race stopping the clock at 29:54, finishing just ahead of Altringham’s Nick Leigh in 30:00.

Almost 300 runners to the course that started in Todmorden town centre, travelled up Rochdale Road, turning at Walsden Post Office for the infamous long climb up to the Shepherd’s Rest Inn, writes Richard Butterwick.

A sharp descent via Woodhouse Road then took the runners back along Halifax Road to the finish.

Salford Harriers won the team prize with David Lockett in third, Mark Russell in fourth and Michael Grace in tenth.

Calder Valley’s Alex Whittem was fifth, just ahead of team mate Max Wharton who took the under 18 prize.

John Lloyd was the first Todmorden finisher in seventh position.

Lauren Jeska was the next Todmorden runner, winning the ladies race in 34:36, ahead of Halifax’s Sarah Cumber and Stainland Lions’ Margaret Beever.

It was a close battle between the three clubs for the ladies team prize, with the win narrowly going to Stainland, with Amanda Zito and Aileen Baldwin their other counters.

Todmorden’s Maria Prescott took the second v45 ladies prize, with Chris Drinkwater matching that in the men’s’ v60 category.

From further afield, the ladies U18 category was won by Alizee Bodet, who had travelled from France.

Todmorden Results: 7 John Lloyd 31.40; 28 Lauren Jeska 34.36; 29 Paul Hobbs 34.50; 37 Alistair Rhodes-Dawson 35.28; 49 Marcel Ellison 36.53; 68 Joe Daniels 38.11; 97 Guy Whitmore 40.40; 98 Maria Prescott 40.43; 117 Hatty Nylan 42.36; 122 Chris Drinkwater 42.57; 127 Kevin Coughlan 43.17; 182 Helen Wilson 46.25; 184 Melanie Robertson 46.42; 201 Melanie Whitmore 47.55; 232 Andrea Marshall 49.32; 234 David Leslie 49.47; 247 Reg Czudek 51.13; 267 Myra Wells 54.35; 268 Elizabeth Lloyd 54.43; 282 Kathy Bridger 58.24.