Dramatic end to road championship as Sarah secures ladies’ crown

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;