Damian and Sarah too hot for Toddy rivals

Hot Toddy road runners set out on their route
Hot Toddy road runners set out on their route

MORE than 300 runners descended on Todmorden for the annual Hot Toddy Road Race last Sunday.

Damian Nicholls of Wilmslow was a clear-cut winner of the 8.9km race with Halifax Harriers’ Sarah Cumber finishing clear of the other female competitors.

A new headquarters at Todmorden Cricket Club meant an improved route for the one mile fun run, which attracted a further 50 runners to a circuit of Centre Vale Park.

The Mayor of Todmorden, Councillor Abid Hussain, started the runners in the main race and was on hand to congratulate the finishers.

The race followed a circular route from the town centre, along Rochdale Road to Walsden Post Office and a climb up past the Shepherd’s Rest Inn. A fast descent to Halifax Road then took the runners back to the finish line.

Nicholls quickly established a lead and was almost in a race of his own, repeating his 2007 win in a time of 29 minutes 50 seconds.

It was a much closer battle for second place with Mike Flatley of Middleton Harriers crossing the line in 31:19, just four seconds ahead of Salford Harrier Mark Russell.

Ivan Gee was the first Todmorden Harrier to finish, holding off a late challenge from Trevor Davies as they finished 19th and 22nd respectively, followed by Paul Hobbs in 31st place.

Cumber finished in 34:44 and was followed by Victoria Bailie of Edinburgh AC in 36:13 and Stainland Lion Julie Field in 37:03.

Helen Wilson was the first Todmorden lady followed by Myra Wells.

Todmorden results: 19 Ivan Gee 34.37; 22 Trevor Davis 34.42; 31 Paul Hobbs 35.36; 39 Richard Butterwick 36.24; 56 Dan Taylor 37.50; 63 Paul Alexander 38.23; 79 Phil Cook 39.42; 96 Joe Daniels 40.29; 103 Kevin Coughlan 40.51; 118 Guy Whitmore 42.11; 181 David Leslie 46.07; 233 Helen Wilson 49.46; 254 Graham Milnes 51.53; 259 Myra Wells 52.14.