Irish ‘stew’ goes down a treat with Gray and Fines

Thirty two Todmorden Harriers took part in the Joe Salt 80th Birthday 5k at Cowm Reservoir which was part of the club’s Trail Championship.

Over a flat two lap course, Robin Tuddenham was the first Harrier to finish in ninth, six seconds ahead of Paul Brannigan in 10th. They took the first v40 and v45 prizes respectively.

Richard Blakeley just beat Salford’s Sidney Sacks to claiming the v70 prize.

Claire Duffield was the first Todmorden lady, 10 seconds ahead of Mel Blackhurst with the pair claiming the ladies v40 and v45 prizes. Issy Pollard added the first lv35 prize and Myra Wells was first lv55.

Todmorden results: 9 Robin Tuddenham 17:26; 10 Paul Brannigan 17:32; 14 Ivan Gee 17:48; 22 Dan Taylor 18:26; 24 Darren Graham 18:34; 25 Trevor Davis 18:38; 29 Darren Tweed 18:55; 30 Richard Butterwick 18:56; 32 Robert Gray 19:03; 38 Ben Crowther 19:21; 40 Paul Alexander 19:28; 73 Jonathan Daniels 21:04; 74 Dave Collins 21:08; 75 Simon Galloway 21:15; 79 Andrew Bibby 21:27; 80 Phil Cook 21:32; 84 Paul Cruthers 21:35; 93 Keith Parkinson 22:05; 94 Claire Duffield 22:11; 97 Melanie Blackhurst 22:21; 108 Melanie Siddall 22:53; 110 Richard Blakeley 22:58; 117 Issy Pollard 23:47; 122 Bev Wright 24:01; 128 David Leslie 24:38; 132 Helen Wilson 24:55; 136 Ray Poulter 25.17; 145 Andrea Marshall 25:47; 152 Moyra Parfitt 26:11; 154 Louise Abdy 26:34; 160 Myra Wells 27:51; 170 David O’Neill 29:37.

For several Harriers it was their second successive night of racing, following Tuesday’s Bunny Run at Haworth.

Dan Taylor was the first Tod runner to cross the line in 18:52, a late sprint nudging him ahead of Darren Graham as they finished 43rd and 44th.

Rob Tyson was 70th in 19:42, with Jack Crummett stopping the clock at exactly 20 minutes for 77th position.

Other Todmorden finishers: 114 John Killerby 21:27; 135 Mark Whitaker 22:22; 224 Andrea Marshal 27:22, 231 Paul Hobbs 27:29; 258 Naomi Watt 30:01.

On Saturday, the focus was on the start of the British Fell Championships. The ladies made a promising start with second place at the Silent Valley Race in Northern Ireland.

Lauren Jeska was sixth lady, Sarah May 15th and Gemma Ford 18th.

Jane Leonard was next, closely followed by Todmorden’s sole male entrant Andrew Bibby and Kath Brierley.

Jilly Davidson was also on her travels, completing the Edinburgh Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in 2:02:06 - a new personal best for the distance.

Closer to home four Harriers took on the Wardle Skyline Fell Race. Marcel Ellison was the first to complete the seven mile route in 54:26 for 37th, with Rob Gray in 40th place just 21 seconds behind. Dave Collins was 56th (56:41) and Phil Cook 81st (1:00:05).

Colin Duffield and Darren Graham were part of the winning Team Krypton quartet over 37 miles at the Calderdale Hike and Clare Kenny and Bev Holmes also completed.

Graham rounded off a busy week of racing with a steady run at the Radcliffe 10k, finishing 140th. Richard Butterwick was the first Todmorden finisher in 61st (42:33).

Julie Wyant completed the multi-terrain route in 205th (54:31) while Myra Wells was 256th in 1:04:29.