Competition sure to be hot in Tod events

THE Calder Valley is gearing up for another athletics and cyclo-cross double header this Sunday with Todmorden at the centre of activity.

The annual Hot Toddy 8.9k road race takes place at 11am from Todmorden Cricket Club on Burnley Road.

Nearby Centre Vale Park is hosting the last of nine events in the Yorkshire cycle-cross series with action starting at 10.30 and likely to go on for several hours.

In the Hot Toddy, runners will start in Todmorden town centre, travel up Rochdale Road and then turn at Walsden Post Office for a long steady climb up to the Shepherd’s Rest Inn. A descent via Woodhouse Road will then take them back along Halifax Road to the finish.

There is a one mile fun run at 10am (£1 entry) which follows a new traffic-free route around Centre Vale Park.

The cyclo-cross event has races for under eights, under 10s, under 12s, youths, seniors, over 40s and women.

More than 250 are expected to compete over a loop in the park, which also takes in a woodland section. One section of the course comes out of the park to take in the cobbled climb by Christ Church in the centre of town and that is usually a popular vantage point for spectators.

Some of the country’s top riders are expected to take part in the main race as the national championships take place in Peel Park, Bradford, a fortnight later on January 12 and 13.

After the Hot Toddy, runners will be in action again at the Auld Lang Syne race at Penistone Hill Country Park on New Year’s Eve and the Giant’s Tooth race at Ogden on New Year’s Day.