Respectable finish rounds off Harriers’ cross country return

Todmorden Harriers sent a men’s team to the Northern Cross Country Championships in Pontefract, finishing in a respectable 19th place to round off a successful return to cross country running this season, after several years.

The eight-mile course attracted a highly competitive field of over 600 senior men with Stockport’s Steve Vernon recording a narrow win.

Todmorden Results: 132 Jonathan Wright 46:24; 145 John Lloyd 46:57; 163 Nick Barber 47:32; 216 Dwane Dixon 48:53; 229 Robin Tuddenham 49:08; 426 Darren Graham 54:32.

The club’s Road Championship got under way on Sunday in icy conditions at the hilly Meltham 10k, with both of last year’s club champions leading the way.

The reigning men’s road champion Robin Tuddenham shrugged off the previous day’s efforts to lead the club in with fifth place overall, followed by Paul Brannigan in 38th position.

Darren Graham also showed good recovery to edge out Darren Tweed for 46th and 47th places respectively.

The first Todmorden lady to finish was last year’s ladies trophy holder Sarah Glyde in 97th place, and third v35 lady.

Richard Blakely was next in 169th position, taking the men’s v65 prize.

Mel Robertson had an excellent run to complete the distance as first v50 lady half a minute ahead of Elise Milnes who was second.

Todmorden Results: 5 Robin Tuddenham 36.59; 38 Paul Brannigan 41.53; 46 Darren Graham 42.21; 47 Darren Tweed 42.29; 61 Clive Greatorex 43.31; 96 Simon Galloway 46.42; 97 Sarah Glyde 46.50; 169 Richard Blakeley 50.53; 176 Melanie Robertson 51.24; 178 Elise Milnes 51.54; 189 David Wilson 52.27; 198 Helen Hodgkinson 52.45; 226 Nigel Hanson 54.41; 245 Helen Wilson 56.18; 276 Graham Milnes 61.20.