Another Saturday, another comfortable win for Calder Valley’s star man Ben Mounsey.
Mounsey claimed a trouble free victory at the Saddleworth Runners’ Cake Race run across Marsden and Saddleworth Moors.
Wet and chilly weather and the predominantly trail and Yorkstone route meant a tough 10 miles lay ahead.
The race was over as a contest from the moment Mounsey blasted out in trademark fashion. He was not seen again for another hour or so, returning to Diggle in a course record time of 1:01:04 and leaving a decent field in shreds.
Team mate and training buddy Gavin Mulholland was second and looked stunned by Mounsey’s performance.
The Northern Ireland international said: “I can’t live with him at the moment, he’s taken things to the next level.”
With reigning club champion Mark O’Connor finishing seventh Calder easily took the men’s team prize.
First lady home was Joanne Nelson from Darwen Dashers, with Gillian Wisbey the first Calder lady home in the impressive time of 1:37:21.
Other notable runs came from Richard Sunderland, Ben Frechette and Iain Powell. Further back, Toby Sydes shone once more, Dan Biggs carded another fine run and Graham Davy and Carolyn Shimwell ran well in the mixed pairs.
The race’s name comes from the invitation to provide a cake for post-race consumption. A plethora of home baked beauties adorned Diggle Village Hall.
The second running of the Orchan Rocks Fell Race was won by local postman Alex Whittem with ladies’ honours going to Todmorden Harriers’ Rebecca Patrick in a record time of 28.53. Tod’s Richard Blakeley was top V70.
Tod results: 16, R Tuddenham 25:53; 18, D Tweed 26:25; 20, J Crummett 26:39; 29, T Barker 28:05; 32, R Patrick 28:53; 33, A Forbes 28:55; 34, D Collins 29:10; 35, M Annison 29:21; 36, R Haworth 29:33; 37, S Wolstenholme 29:36; 40, R Halstead 30:28; 55, D Leslie 32:39; 60, R Blakeley33:42; 61, K Parkinson 33:53; 66, P Ehrhardt 39:06; 69, D O’Neill45:02.
A hardy group of Todmorden Harriers, including Paula Haworth, David Leslie, Mel Blackhurst, Chris Preston, Phil Hodgson and Mandy Goth defied tough conditions to finish the Old Man of Coniston race in the Lakes.