Tuddenham moves to top of road championship

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ROBIN Tuddenham moved to the top of Todmorden Harriers’ Road Championship with a strong run at the Accrington 10k on Sunday.

Robin was the first Harrier to finish in fourth position, just ahead of Nick Barber in fifth place.

Former championship leader John Lloyd finished in eighth place, but he now trails Tuddenham in the road table by a significant gap that will be hard to close in the final two races.

Mel Blackhurst was the first Todmorden lady to finish, winning the v45 prize, closely followed by Sarah Glyde, who continues to head the ladies standings.

Sarah’s lead is more precarious with Mel Blackhurst still in with a chance of catching her if she can score highly in the next two races.

Moyra Parfitt won the v65 prize, and the hilly course also saw a rare race outing from Jim Smith.

Todmorden results: 4 Robin Tuddenham 35:46; 5 Nick Barber 35:57; 8 John Lloyd 36:46; 18 Martin Stork 39:28; 85 Melanie Blackhurst 46:23; 101 Sarah Glyde 47:01; 136 Elise Milnes 49:25; 161 Melanie Robertson 51:50; 169 Nigel Hanson 52:27; 183 Moyra Parfitt 53:36; 225 Graham Milnes 57:04; 245 David O’Neill 1:00:15; 303 James Smith 1:31:28.

l EIGHT Harriers took to the hills for the Bronte Way Fell Race, an eight-mile route from Wycollar to Howarth.

Shaun Pickard led the way for the Todmorden club, finishing a minute ahead of Darren Graham with Chris Preston the first Todmorden lady to finish.

Todmorden results: 34 Shaun Pickard 1:05:25; 40 Darren Graham 1:06:09; 92 Chris Preston 1:16:36; 110 Peter Clarke 1:21:23; 121 Jane Leonard 1:24:17; 152 Louise Abdy 1:36:00; 154 Helen Hodgkinson 1:37:43; 162 Kathryn Bridger 1:47:10.

l LAUREN Jeska travelled further afield to Switzerland for the Lucerne Marathon and clocked an outstanding time of 2:48:19 to finish first lady.

Julie Wyant was in Wales for the very tough Marathon Eryri, which follows a circular route around Mount Snowdon, completing the distance in just over five hours.

Richard Butterwick and Myra Wells enjoyed some sun and sea air as they took on the Yorkshire Coast 10k in Scarborough, finishing in 44:48 and 58:55 respectively.

The popular Shepherd’s Skyline Fell Race takes place on Saturday, with entry on the day at the Shepherd’s Rest Inn on Lumbutts Road.

Around 300 runners are expected for the six-mile senior race which starts at 1pm, with various junior races taking place from noon.

Further details are on the club’s website www.todharriers.co.uk

l ONE of Todmorden Harriers youngest members William Wigg ran in the Curly Wurly Rat Race at Haworth on Sunday.

He ran in the under-eights, coming in in seventh place out of 52 despite falling and hurting his knee,. He did it in 3.26.