It’s silver in the Brits for Tod’s ladies

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Todmorden Harriers’ women’s team claimed the silver medal following the fourth and final race in the British Fell Running Championships.

A handful of Harriers were in attendance at the Peris Horseshoe event - the venue where Calder Valley ladies captain Helen Fines became joint British Fell Running champion after a nail-biting climax to the season in Snowdon.

Todmorden have clinched the team silver medal by the narrowest of margins, based on provisional results, after tying on points with Mercia but finishing ahead on aggregate places, and just one point ahead of Wharfedale Harriers. Meanwhile, Ambleside were the clear winners.

Kath Brierley was the first Todmorden woman home in 134th place with a time of 5:11:40, followed by Jane Leonard in 143rd place at 5:20:37 and Clare Harris was 160th in 5:43:33.

Andrew Bibby was the first Todmorden man in 120th position, completing the 17.5 mile mountainous route in 4:59:08 with Dan Taylor a couple of places behind in 5:00:49.

Sarah Vickers of Todmorden Harriers impressed at the World Triathlon Grand Final in London where she was competing in the Olympic distance open race.

Vickers finished in ninth place in the v35 age group after a strong run section moved her up several places.

Marcel Ellison finished in thirrd place at the Turbine Tangle in a time of 1:44:41.

This was a new race at Cowpe that challenged runners to visit all 26 wind turbines on Scout Moor.

The order and route choice was down to the runners meaning that navigation skills were as important as pure speed.

Calder Valley Fell Runners also sent a delegation to compete in the race.

Jim Mosley (14th) and Tony Steward (24th) both completed the course for Valley in what was widely agreed to be an excellent new addition to the calendar.

Paul Alexander of Todmorden Harriers continued his marathon training with a strong run at the Cheshire 20 mile road race, finishing in 37th place with a decent time of 2:24:46.

This Saturday sees the action return to the Calder Valley with the fabled Good Shepherd Fell race held out of Mytholmroyd which takes in the majority of the valley’s main sights including Stoodley Pike.

See www.cvfr.co.uk for more info.