Tod puts on its Sunday best

Todmorden Harriers' Hot Toddy race gets under way
Todmorden Harriers' Hot Toddy race gets under way

Todmorden enjoyed a super sporting Sunday with two major events taking place shoulder to shoulder in and around Central Vale Park.

The ninth and final round in the Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross Association’s points series took place in the park and 210 competitors took part in seven races.

It was the fifth running of the Todmorden event, which is held on the nearest Sunday to New Year and this year clashed with Todmorden Harriers’ Hot Toddy race, which is based at the cricket club.

Kathy Bridger, a member at the Harriers for four years, organised the Hot Toddy for the first time.

She said: “We had 314 runners which was a few more than normal, probably aided by the lovely weather.

“They were mainly local runners but we do get a few visiting the area for Christmas and the New Year so there was a variety of clubs represented.

“I was a bit nervous with it being my first race in charge but everything went really well.”

The cyclo-cross event was hailed a success by organiser “Chipps” Chippendale.

“It went very smoothly. After the dreadful weather it was as muddy as we expected but we didn’t lose anyone in it!

“Everyone was very cheerful and members of the public wandered into the park to watch,” said Chippendale, who edits the monthly bike magazine “Single Track” which is based in Todmorden.

Chippendale said he had “created a monster” in the event, which was hugely popular and attracted some of the country’s top racers in the run up to the national championships.

“The Todmorden race has a fearsome reputation with its famous cobbled climb,” he added.