Paul wins battle for bronze at Masters

Todmorden Harriers Paul Brannigan (left) at the British Masters Half Marathon Championships
Todmorden Harriers Paul Brannigan (left) at the British Masters Half Marathon Championships

Todmorden Harriers’ Paul Brannigan cemented a successful year at national level by taking bronze, to go with his earlier championship gold, in the age 50-54 category at the British Masters Half Marathon Championships in Salisbury.

Early on in the race Brannigan accepted he was feeling below par and settled into a four-way battle for bronze with athletes from Sheffield, Dorset and Cornwall.

Brannigan moved to the front of the group at eight miles and steadily increased the pace until he was clear of his rivals with two miles to go, finishing in 81.42.

The race was won by Nigel Rackham in 76.35.

Todmorden Harriers took part in the British Hill and Fell Relay at Lune Valley, Cumbria on Sunday.

Craig Stansfield handed over in 53rd place after leg one.

Jon Wright and Nick Barber then set the 15th quickest time on leg two and Paul Hobbs, Ben Crowther and Dwane Dixon picked up places to finish 39th at the end of four legs.