Brannigan 10th in big field for trail race

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The Bluebell Trail Race on Sunday was the third of Todmorden Harriers Trail Championship fixtures and attracted a good turnout from the club.

Stockport Harrier Andi Jones set a new course record of 59:17 with a winning margin of more than six minutes.

Paul Brannigan finished 10th in1:11:24 out of the 400 entrants and was first v45.

A quartet of Harriers then finished within a minute of each other, headed by Ben Crowther. He was closely followed by Ivan Gee, Darren Tweed and Robert Gray.

Richard Blakeley claimed the first v70 prize, with Moyra Parfitt the top women’s v65.

Todmorden results: 10 Paul Brannigan 1:11:24; 34 Ben Crowther 1:17:25; 37 Ivan Gee 1:18:00; 38 Darren Tweed 01:18:05; 40 Robert Gray 1:18:17; 49 Trevor Davis 1:19:34; 64 Michael Harper 1:22:51; 94 Andy Glyde 1:26:50; 104 Paul Cotton 1:28:18; 128 Lee McCluskey 1:32:15; 129 Paul Cruthers 1:32:16; 155 Mark Williams 1:35:06; 173 Richard Blakeley 1:37:08; 204 David Leslie 1:40:13; 208 Issy Pollard 1:40:53; 273 Helen Wilson 1:49:00; 279 Peter Ehrhardt 1:49:49; 285 Moyra Parfitt 1:50:54.

Paul Hobbs finished fourth at the Coiners Fell Race in Mytholmroyd on Monday, with Claire Duffield fifth lady.

Todmorden Juniors were also out in force, with Jack Crummett finishing in second place in the under 16s’ race.

Alex Duffield went one better as he finished first in the under eights’ race, closely followed by Joseph Hobbs in third. Oonagh Brooks was the next Harrier across the line as fifth girl.

Under eights: 1 Alex Duffield 5:02; 3 Joseph Hobbs 5:12; 14 Oonagh Brooks 6:53; 15 Euan Logue 6:54; 17 Noah Lane 7:09; 18 Ben Julian 7:10; 20 George McFie 7:13; 21 Flo Fortune Bayliss 7:46; 22 Rachel Davis 7:59; 23 Jasmine Gale 8:00; 24 Mia Wharfedale 8:21; 26 Isaac Lane 8:28; 27 Gretel Wolfendale 9:25; 28 Ptolemy Gregory 9:48.

Under 10s: 19 Maebh Logue 3:53; 22 Thea Crowther 4:17; 23 Sam Fortune Bayliss 4:35; 26 Katie Crowther 9:16.

A trio of Todmorden runners took part in Davina Raidy’s Birthday 5k at Healey, with James Riley finishing in 26th with a time of 22:09. Myra Wells recorded 27:59 for 52nd and Ian Stansfield was 57th in 33:55.

Mick Craven was the sole Harrier at The Cake Race, finishing in 100th with a time of 1:31:53 for the 10 mile fell race over the Saddleworth Moors.

There was also just one Todmorden Harrier at the first of this year’s Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix fixtures, the Hambledon Hill Fell Race, near Accrington. Kevin Booth completed the six mile course in 53:42 for 95th place.