Todmorden’s ladies clinch national team fell running gold

Sarah May (Todmorden Harriers)
Sarah May (Todmorden Harriers)

TODMORDEN Ladies clinched the English Fell Championship team gold medal at the Whittle Pike Fell Race on Saturday. With one race to go in the six race series they now hold an uncatchable lead.

The 5.1 mile race started with a half mile road section, before the first of three steep climbs, the second of which took the runners to the high point of Whittle Pike.

In hot and sunny conditions Sarah May led the way for the Harriers in the ladies race finishing in fifth place, behind Holmfirth’s Katie Walshaw who won in a time of 45:47.

Jane Leonard was the next for Todmorden in 44th place.

After a close battle Lucy Hobbs edged out Fiona Armer on the final run in to finish 51st and 54th. Karen Gray completed the course in 69th place.

In the men’s race, Dark Peak’s Lloyd Taggert won in a time of 37:30 after catching the early leader Rob Jebb, of Bingley Harriers, who retired after a late fall. Jon Wright was the first Todmorden runner in 28th, ahead of Sean Carey in 49th, who was also second in the U18s.

Paul Brannigan edged out Alistair Rhodes-Dawson as they finished 59th and 68th respectively.

Todmorden men’s results: 28 Jon Wright 42:38; 49 Sean Carey 44:59; 59 Paul Brannigan 45:49; 68 Alastair Rhodes-Dawson 46:36; 90 Dave Collins 48:46; 102 Peter Bowles 50:19; 122 Marcel Ellison 53:27; 125 Andrew Bibby 53:36; 141 Mick Craven 56:17; 161 Richard Blakeley 59:34; 167 Phil Cook 1:00:22; 184 Peter Ehrhardt 1:05:15; 188 Kevin Coughlin 1:07:30.

Ladies results: 5 Sarah May 48:23; 44 Jane Leonard 59:18; 51 Lucy Hobbs 1:00:38; 54 Fiona Armer 1:01:38; 69 Karen Gray 1:09:02.

Lauren Jeska was in Mayrhofen, Austria for the Harakiri Mountain Race, the fourth race in the World Mountain Running Grand Prix. In a highly competitive race, Lauren finished 12th lady, and second v35, completing the tough uphill course in 1:15:09.

Elise Milnes completed the Lakeland 100 in 38 hours and 49 minutes at the weekend. The 100-mile ‘Ultra Tour of the Lake District’ followed a circular route from Coniston that included over 6,000 feet of ascent. With less than half the starters finishing, it lives up to its reputation as the toughest race in the UK.

On Wednesday, Martin Stork finished fourth at the Linda Crabtree Cowm Reservoir Race, completing the 4.2 mile multi terrain race in 25:49, with James Riley in 21st place in a time of 29:44.

Mel Robertson was 47th in 35:03, with Myra Wells in 65th in 42:48.