SARAH Glyde clinched the ladies crown in the final race of Todmorden Harriers club road championship in dramatic fashion, at the Preston 10, despite a strong challenge from Mel Blackhurst who came close to snatching the title away.
Nick Barber had been the first Harrier to cross the line in 57:16 for 10th place, just ahead of men’s road championship runner-up John Lloyd in 14th place.
Men’s champion Robin Tuddenham already held a commanding lead in that competition and chose not to race.
Mel Blackhurst put in a sterling effort, finishing 1st v45, but despite pulling out a lead of over three minutes on Sarah it was not enough to overhaul her.
Mel Robertson and Nigel Hanson enjoyed a battle of their own, with Mel finishing just eight seconds ahead, followed shortly afterwards by Elise Milnes.
Todmorden results: 10 Nick Barber 57:16; 14 John Lloyd 57:59; 164 Melanie Blackhurst 1:12:51; 211 Sarah Glyde 1:16:31; 263 Melanie Robertson 1:21:21; 268 Nigel Hanson 1:21:29; 332 Elise Milnes 1:28:40;