Darren and Pauline head Harriers’ charge in Accy 10k

Darren Tweed, the first Todmorden Harrier home at Accrington. Picture: www.kipax.com
Darren Tweed, the first Todmorden Harrier home at Accrington. Picture: www.kipax.com

Runners at Sunday’s Ron Hill Accy 10K road race finished looking more like they’d completed one many fell races that take place around Accrington, than a short road race.

The weather threw heavy rain and strong winds at the runners but the awful conditions didn’t prevent Todmorden Harriers putting in some strong performances in a race that features in the 2015 Grand Prix.

Neither did it prevent the running legend that is Ron Hill, now aged 76, competing.

The course presents runners with a mix of road and trail. It starts with a quick loop around the town centre and then makes it way to Baxenden using local footpaths and canal tow paths, taking in around 400 feet of climbing. A PB course this certainly isn’t.

Darren Tweed and Pauline May were first Todmorden runners back, separated by seconds.

Tweed appears to be reaping the rewards from a change of workplace,enabling him to get more quality training in whilst May came in a very strong second female overall, only a minute behind the winner.

Todmorden finishers: 29, Darren Tweed 40:02; 31, Pauline May 40:20; 38, Michael Harper 40:52; 37, Richard Butterwick 41:07; 113, Paul Cruthers 47:14; 127, Josh Murphy 47:43; 142, Fiona Armer 48:37; 165, Joseph Courtney 49:28; 178, Richard Blakeley 50:36; 264, Nicola Corrigan55:51; 306, LCorrigan 56:36; 321, Louise Abdy 56:45; 360, Nina Fedorski 01:00:27; 387, Myra Wells 01:02:37; 406, David O’Neill 01:04:01.

Todmorden runner and ultra specialist Robin Tuddenham completed Dorset’s Jurassic Challenge last weekend.

In perfect conditions, Tuddenham ran three marathons in consecutive days along the undulating coastal paths.

He had a cumulative time over the three days of just over 11 hours and finished second - quite an achievement.