Robin makes it to the front, twice

THE Caldervale 10 on Good Friday was dominated by Todmorden Harriers who took four of the first seven places led in by race winner Robin Tuddenham.

The race formed the latest round of Todmorden Harriers’ Road Championship. The undulating course, near Garstang, was made all the harder by the hot sunny weather with many of the 214 runners struggling with the heat.

Robin Tuddenham and John Lloyd headed the field with first and second places for the club.

Paul Brannigan completed the course in sixth place, just ahead of Martin Stork in seventh.

Lucy Hobbs was the first Todmorden lady in 88th, and 10th lady, with Julie Wyant and Mel Siddall crossing the line together for 158th and 160th respectively.

On Easter Sunday, Julie also took part in the Fleetwood 10, and completed that course just three seconds slower.

Todmorden Results: 1 Robin Tuddenham 1:00:31; 2 John Lloyd 1:02:54; 6 Paul Brannigan 1:05:25; 7 Martin Stork 1:06:08; 42 Kevin Booth 1:14:50; 60 Mick Craven 1:16:50; 88 Lucy Hobbs 1:22:19; 109 Simon Galloway 1:24:56; 159 Julie Wyant 1:33:34; 160 Mel Siddall 1:33:35.

Lauren Jeska experienced similarly hot conditions at the Salford 10k, also on Good Friday. In her debut entry in a 10k race, she finished third, to set a respectable time of 35:25 after a race-long battle with Tess Walker of Salford Harriers, that drew them to just a few seconds behind second-placed lady Sarah Tunstall of Kendal.

First lady was Lauren Howarth of Leigh Harriers recorded the fastest women’s 10k so far this year, with 32:33.

On Wednesday, four Harriers made the short trip to Cowm Reservoir for the Ken Taylor 5k.

Robin Tuddenham was again the first Harrier, finishing in fourth place with a time of 16:59, with Martin Stork recording 18:01 for eighth. Richard Butterwick set a new personal best for the distance with 19:04 for 19th and Myra Wells finished in 68th in 28:23.