Harriers take two team prizes at Blackshaw Head

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TODMORDEN Harriers sent a strong contingent to the Blackstone Edge Fell Race winning two team prizes.

They not only finished first men’s team but also took home the third place team prize.

Sean Carey finished in fourth place over the steep 3.5 mile course from Lydgate hamlet, with Nick Barber edging ninth place just one second ahead of Alistair Rhodes-Dawson.

Dwane Dixon completed the winning line up in 12th place, with his team beating local rivals Calder Valley into second place.

The Todmorden club’s second quartet of John Lloyd, Paul Hobbs, Ben Crowther and Peter Bowles then followed up with third place in the men’s team competition.

Gemma Kendall continued her excellent start at the club with third lady and Paul Cruthers completed the Todmorden entry in 83rd overall.

While Todmorden’s men enjoyed success with a short trip, a trio of Harriers’ ladies travelled much further afield.

Julie Wyant travelled to Scotland to complete the Edinburgh Marathon in four hours, 15 minutes and 32 seconds.

Lauren Jeska made the trip to Arco di Trento in Italy for the opening round of the 2011 World Mountain Running Grand Prix.

Lauren finished sixth in the race, behind race winner Lucija Krkoc of Slovenia, who set a new course record, with England’s Emma Clayton in second place.

Emma Osenton was in the Canary Islands for the Lanzarote Ironman Triathlon, made up of a 3,800m swim, a 122km mountainous cycle ride and followed by a full marathon run.

After a one-hour 18 minutes and 45 seconds swim Emma lay in 17th place in her age category.

A strong cycle section time of six hours 18 minutes and 38 seconds pushed her up into fifth place.

She completed the marathon run in five hours nine minutes and 16 seconds, to give a total time including transitions, of just over 13 hours, and ninth place in her category.