Wrench leads Harriers home in Pike contest

Ben Beckwith and Hatty Nylan, Stoodley Pike Fell Race
Ben Beckwith and Hatty Nylan, Stoodley Pike Fell Race

The fine weather has enticed many Todmorden Harriers out racing in the last week, starting with the club’s Stoodley Pike Fell Race.

The 5km route climbed up from the Top Brink Inn, along the skyline to the Pike. A steep descent down to London Road then took the runners back to the finish.

Andrew Wrench was the first Harrier in fifth place, followed by John Lloyd in sixth. An outstanding run by Jack Crummett took him into 14th and second under 16 runner.

Hatty Nylan finished third woman, with Rebecca Patrick in sixth and Clare Harris 10th. Madeleine Rolinson Lord collected the under 18 prize.

Todmorden results: 5 Andrew Wrench 20.51; 6 John Lloyd 21.27; 14 Jack Crummett 22.24; 29 Steve Pullan 23.37; 32 Robert Tyson 23.44; 43 Simon Hollows 24.22; 52 Jon Wright 25.03; 66 Hatty Nylan 26.25; 70 Benjamin Beckwith 26.31; 91 Rebecca Patrick 28.03; 94 Henry Artemes 28.38; 97 Paul Cruthers 28.48; 105 Clare Harris 29.13; 116 John Killerby 29.59; 123 Mark Williams 30.18; 126 Jackie Holden 30.26; 136 Graham Milnes 31.06; 153 Kirsty Patten 32.11; 155 Madeleine Rolinson Lord 32.36; 157 Laura Sutcliffe 32.55; 184 David O’Neill 40.12; 185 Myra Wells 40.56; 186 Ian Stansfield 50.43.

On Wednesday evening the club’s Trail Championship was the focus with the 5.5 mile Royton Trail Race.

Trevor Davies consolidated his lead with 11th place in 34:53, followed by Robert Gray in 23rd place and Andrew Bibby in 70th place.

Mel Blackhurst was the first Todmorden women in 89th position, followed by ladies leader Issy Pollard in 114th place and Moyra Parfitt in 138th.

Todmorden results: 11 Trevor Davis 34.53; 23 Robert Gray 36.24; 70 Andrew Bibby 40.08; 77 Andy Glyde 41.26; 89 Mel Blackhurst 42.47; 110 David Leslie 45.28; 114 Issy Pollard 45.58; 138 Moyra Parfitt 49.25; 149 David Henthorne 50.55; 165 Ray Poulter 53.45.

A trio of Todmorden Harriers tackled the Bull Hill Fell Race at Hawkshaw on Thursday. Marcel Ellison finished 49th in 45:36. Richard Butterwick finished just past the hour mark for 155th and Myra Wells completed the 5.5 mile course in 190th place.

On the second day of Radcliffe Athletic Club’s Three Day Challenge the following evening, Butterwick and Wells moved on to the Giant’s Seat Summer Cross Country, with Myra winning the v55 prize.

The final event, the VLA Events Radcliffe Trail Race took place on Saturday afternoon, with Butterwick ending the series in 44th and Wells in 54th position and second v55.

Dave Collins was 21st at the Addingham Gala Fell Race, covering the six mile route to Beamsley Beacon and back in 31:17.

On Sunday, Robin Tuddenham finished 27th place at the Jane Tomlinson Leeds 10k in a time of 35:56.

Paul Alexander was in Lytham for the Windmill Half Marathon and completed the two lap course in 1:35:42 for 69th position.

Lauren Jeska finished fifth overall and set a new women’s record of 1:16:13 at the Tal Y Fan Race in North Wales.