Nothin’ but blue skies for Harriers’ moorland marathon

Todmorden Harriers Mini Moorland Marathon prize winners gathered at the Roebuck Inn. Picture: Keith Parkinson
Todmorden Harriers Mini Moorland Marathon prize winners gathered at the Roebuck Inn. Picture: Keith Parkinson

BLUE skies made for perfect conditions for Todmorden Harriers’ Mini Moorland Marathon on Sunday, attracting 64 competitors to the threehour orienteering score event.

This year the base was the Roebuck Inn, Portsmouth, and there were 23 controls placed around the hillsides of the Cliviger valley area.

Competitors received a map showing their location only at the start and quickly had to plan an efficient route to visit as many as possible in their allotted time, with severe penalties for those who returned late.

Calder Valley Fell Runner James Logue defended his title with remarkable speed and navigational skill, visiting 18 out of the 23 checkpoints in just over three hours to score 251 points, well ahead of his nearest rival and club mate Phil Scarf on 195 points, with Rob Rawlinson third on 175 points.

Jackie Scarf was the highest scoring solo lady, and fourth overall with 160 points.

In fifth place, also scoring 160 points, were the first trio of Ben Crowther, Dwane Dixon and Paul Weinreich.

First pair were Barbara Lonsdale and Sarah Rowell also scoring 160 for sixth place overall, with Jeff Walker and Rachel Skinner the first Todmorden pair on 145 points.

The first Todmorden solo runner was Kevin Booth on 145 points with Mandy Goth scoring 135 to be the first Todmorden lady.

Despite having over 150 years of experience between them, Todmorden’s Derek Clutterbuck and Preston Harriers George Arnold saw most of their points eroded away by a late return and they took home the coveted golden pigeon award.

The prizegiving ceremony was held at the Roebuck Inn, and many thanks went to Phil Hodgson and his team of helpers for the organisation of the event.