Stylish start to hectic week for busy, busy Harriers

TODMORDEN Harriers started a busy week with success at the Ian Terry Memorial 5k in Littleborough which attracted 150 runners on Tuesday evening.

John Lloyd finished in fifth place in 17:04, with Lauren Jeska in seventh setting a new personal best of 17:15. The time was also the second fastest time by a woman on the popular hilly course.

Martin Stork recorded 18:02 for 10th place.

Results: 5 John Lloyd 17.04; 7 Lauren Jeska 17.15; 10 Martin Stork 18.02; 25 David Baldaro19.54; 52 Richard Butterwick 22.38; 65 Mel Robertson 23.53; 112 Myra Wells 30.02.

On Wednesday, the ladies team was first at the Widdop Fell Race. The seven mile moorland route included 1,200 feet of ascent as it looped around Gorple and Widdop reservoirs.

Alistair Rhodes-Dawson came in sixth in 54:18, Ben Crowther finished 15th and Shaun Pickard was 20th in just under the hour mark.

Chris Preston led in the victorious ladies trio, finishing fourth lady, with Jane Leonard sixth and Elise Milnes 12th.

In the junior races Sophie Taylor completed the 0.4 mile under-eights course in 6:31 and Jack Crummett was fourth in the under-14s 2.6 mile race.

Results: 6 Alastair Rhodes-Dawson 54:18; 15 Ben Crowther 58:03; 20 Shaun Pickard 59:43; 61 Chris Preston 1:11:37; 63 Paul Cotton 1:11:52; 69 Jane Leonard 1:13:48; 86 Elise Milnes 1:20:00; 89 Helen Hodgkinson 1:21:11; 102 Graham Milnes 1:30:05.

On Saturday, the club’s Road Championship had a new race on the Fylde Peninsular, the 10 mile Elswick Express.

Robin Tuddenham finished in 58:26 for eighth place, with John Lloyd in 10th. Paul Brannigan was 18th, with Sarah Glyde completing the course in 1:16:41 for 12th lady. Peter Ehrhardt rounded off the Todmorden entry in 81st.

Results: 8 Robin Tuddenham 58.26; 10 John Lloyd 59.02; 18 Paul Brannigan 1:01.16; 63 Sarah Glyde 1:16.41; 81 Peter Ehrhardt 1:22:29.

On Saturday, eight Harriers tackled the tough eight-mile route of the Turnslack Fell Race at Calderbrook.

Darren Graham finished first Todmorden man in 1:24:04 for 34th place, with Mick Craven in 1:30:42 for 51st and Marcel Ellison in 1:33:21 for 62nd place.

Chris Preston again led the Todmorden ladies to another team prize, finishing in 1:36:05 and fourth. Elise Milnes, Issy Pollard and Moyra Parfitt finished together for eighth, ninth and 10th.

Graham Milnes completed the Todmorden entry with 97th in a time of 1:56:33.

A pair of Harriers were in Wales, also on Saturday, for the International Snowdon Race. Paul Hobbs finished in 95th place in a time of 1:27:19 and James Riley recorded 1:39:50 for 218th place.

Lauren Jeska was in Slovenia for the WMRA Grand Prix on Sunday. Due to severe weather, with snowfall on the upper part of the mountain, the uphill only course was shortened to a 1,200m climb over 6.5km. Lauren finished third in 58:38, taking her into third place in the series overall.