Over 350 pack Skyline fell race

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THE Shepherd’s Skyline Fell Race attracted a large field of 357 runners on Saturday, with Bingley’s Ian Holmes recording another win ahead of Calder Valley Fell Runner James Logue.

The junior races also attracted a good turnout with 116 youngsters taking part across the four age groups.

Sean Carey was Todmorden’s first finisher in the main race in fifth position, ahead of Jon Wright in sixth place. John Lloyd was the 16th runner across the line.

Calder Valley’s Anne Johnson was the first lady, with Hatty Nylan the first Todmorden women closely followed by Chris Preston.

Todmorden Results: 5 Sean Carey 44.12; 6 Jon Wright 45.05; 16 John Lloyd 47.21; 42 Andy McFie 51.30; 46 Paul Hobbs 51.46; 66 Peter Bowles 53.33; 87 Dan Taylor 55.17; 98 Darren Graham 56.06; 142 Angus Barclay 60.01; 162 Duncan Ritchie 62.05; 170 Lee McCluskey 62.32; 187 Hatty Nylan 63.38; 189 Richard Leonard 63.39; 203 Garry Quested 64.2; 204 Chris Preston 64.31; 221 Jane Leonard 65.58; 231 Fiona Armer 66.39; 245 Bev Holmes 67.27; 247 Chris Drinkwater 67.41; 253 John Medcalfe 68.12; 282 Ray Poulter 71.15; 295 Jeanette Dowling 72.25; 342 Kathy Bridger 85.21.

On Sunday the penultimate race of the club’s Road Championship took a small band of Harriers to the Lancaster Half Marathon, which attracted over 700 runners.

Nick Barber led the way with sixth place in 1:16:52, with Robin Tuddenham in seventh place in 1:18:09.

Dan Taylor completed the 13.1 mile course in 1:34:45, followed by Mel Blackhurst in 1:38:49 as she continued to close in on current club road championship leader Sarah Glyde, who was not running, meaning that the destiny of the ladies title will go the wire at the last race in two weeks time.

Paul Cruthers recorded a time of 1:42:38 and Andrea Marshall completed the Todmorden contingent with a time of 1:57:59.