Local runners join Olympics prospects in final race of the year

TODMORDEN Harriers enjoyed a muddy and wet end to the year at the Auld Lang Syne Fell Race at Haworth, where the 400 runners were treated to a dominant performance by Olympic triathlon medal prospects Alistair and Jonathon Brownlee.

The pair quickly opened up a lead from the start at Penistone Quarry and were two minutes ahead of their nearest challengers by the finish, with Alistair taking the win over his brother by a few seconds in 40.28.

The first Todmorden Harrier was Simon Galloway in 147th, completing the six-mile course in 59:29 with Darren Graham next in 178th place.

Sue Roberts finished in 320th followed by Julie Wyant in 355th, and Peter Ehrhardt in 358th position.

Clive Greatorex and Phil Cook proved four legs are not necessarily better than two, as they completed the course in a reindeer outfit, pulling a sleigh.

Clive was back in solo action the following day, on faster form at the Giant’s Tooth Fell Race on New Year’s Day, finishing the three-mile loop above Ogden Water in 22:52 for 42nd place.

Maria Prescott was the sole Harrier at Cowm Reservoir, for the Joe Salt New Year Awakener, completing the 4.2-mile trail route in 32:29 to finish seventh lady.

A trio of Todmorden runners travelled to Kirby Stephen for the Nine Standards Fell Race, with Lauren Jeska finishing joint ladies winner with Keswick’s Pippa Maddams just past the hour mark.

Chris Preston finished in 81st position in 1:20:54, with John Preston completing the eight-mile course in 1:27:02 for 95th place.