Ladies’ team strengthen hold on athletics championship

TODMORDEN Harriers Ladies Team recorded another excellent win at the Duddon Valley Fell Race on Saturday.

It strengthens their hold at the top of this year’s English Fell Championship standings.

With three of the six races completed the club now holds a nine-point lead over second placed Keswick.

The classic race started and finished at Seathwaite and the route covered 18 miles around the head of the Duddon Valley with 6,000ft of climb over several Lakeland peaks.

Todmorden’s Lauren Jeska (above) won the ladies race, after another epic battle with Calder Valley’s Helen Fines, with just 13 seconds between them after over three hours of racing in the hot sunny conditions.

Sarah May finished 14th lady and Kath Brierley completed the winning team line-up with 31st place.

Lauren has now doubled her advantage over Fines in the individual championship to six points, with Sarah consolidating her position in the top 10.

Alistair Rhodes Dawson was the first Todmorden man to finish in 49th, with Dwane Dixon in 61st.

Dave Collins finished fourth vet55, and 90th overall with Ben Crowther finishing 100th.

Todmorden Results: 32 Lauren Jeska 3:14:26; 49 Alastair Rhodes-Dawson 3:20:23; 61 Dwane Dixon 3:26:49; 90 Dave Collins 3:39:58; 100 Ben Crowther 3:44:10; 129 Sarah May 3:58:04; 136 Robin Tuddenham 4:01:43; 151 John Lloyd 4:09:14; 165 Darren Graham 4:16:34; 168 Darren Tweed 4:17:01; 186 Kath Brierley 4:24:09; 190 Jane Leonard 4:25:11; 223 Melanie Blackhurst 4:40:28; 259 Mandy Goth 5:18:11; 263 Richard Blakeley 5:43:17; 264 Peter Ehrhardt 5:43:46.

The previous weekend had seen a quartet of Harriers take on the Jura Fell Race.

The 28 km route featured 2,370 metres of climbing including seven mountain summits. First Harrier to finish was Phil Hodgson in 5:07:15 for 94th place.

Richard Leonard completed the course in 6:32:27 with Rhys Watkins finishing one second apart for 182nd and 183rd, with Mandy Goth in 184th three minutes further back.

Jack Crummett won the U13 Jura junior race in a new record time.