Carey third in Flowerscar race

SEAN Carey led the way for the Harriers at Todmorden’s Flower Scar Fell Race, finishing in third place just a few seconds behind Calder Valley’s Karl Gray and Alex Whittem.

The four-mile race, which is free to enter, climbs 1,400 feet up from the start at Todmorden High School to the top of Flower Scar Hill and back to the start via Robinwood.

The Harriers had a further three finishers in the top ten, with Andrew Wrench, sixth, John Lloyd, eighth and Alistair Rhodes-Dawson, ninth.

Todmorden runners made up almost a quarter of the 90-strong entry, and the ladies did not disappoint either, with Gemma Kendall winning with an excellent run.

Kath Brierley was second lady, and Bev Holmes marked her first race for the club with fourth. Helen Hodgkinson was fifth and Maria Prescott sixth.

On Saturday, three Harriers took on the 14-mile Pendle Cloughs Fell Race.

Helen Hodgkinson finished second lady, Mandy Goth first lady vet50 and Phil Hodgson second men’s vet50.

The rescheduled Calderdale Way Relay took place on Sunday.It had been postponed last December due to snow and ice.

Todmorden fielded three teams who all put in strong performances around the 50 mile route. The distance is split into six legs, each run by a pair of runners.

The men’s ‘A’ team finished ninth, with Sean Carey and John Lloyd getting the third fastest time of the day on leg three.

The ‘B’ team also improved on their previous year’s position to finish in 35th place, and fifth ‘B’ team.

The ladies team were boosted by club record performances on leg three by Maria Prescott and Sarah Glyde, and on leg four by Lauren Jeska and Sarah May.

This took them into fourth after a close battle with Bingley Harriers, who eventually took third place. Holmfirth won the ladies team prize by a comfortable margin.

Two Todmorden runners Alex Whittem and Shaun Godsman ran the anchor leg for the winning Calder Valley Fell Runners team.