Fell Running: Goth ‘comes of age’ after attaining brutal Ben Nevis record

Mandy Goth and Kathleen Connachie.
Mandy Goth and Kathleen Connachie.

The brutal Ben Nevis Race at FortWilliam up and down Britain’s highest mountain proved extra-special this year for Tod Harrier Mandy Goth.

Goth became the first woman to complete 21 consecutive Ben Nevis races and she picked up the much-prized Connachie Plaque, named after and presented by Kathleen Connachie, who, in 1956, ran the race as a 16-year-old, setting off two minutes after the men; women weren’t allowed to enter until 1978. She also passed many of the male runners. Andrew Wrench, meanwhile, of Todmorden, was first in the Vet50 category.

And there were many more Todmorden finishers on a hot clear day. Amazingly, after the race Goth arranged for a mammoth meal of curry for the after-race celebration, spookily attended by 21 people.

Todmorden placings: 1, Finlay Wild Lochabar Athletic Club 1.30.56; 30, Jon Wright 1.53.08 ; 31 (1 V50), Andrew Wrench 1.53.14; 58, Craig Stansfield 1.58.56; 65, Nick Barber 2.01.01; 89, John Allan 2.05-02; 133, Andrew Horsfall 2.12.24; 237, Kath Brierley 2.25.50; 264, Phil Hodgson 2.30.01; 277, Bob Halstead 2.33.13; 330, Neil Hodgkinson – 2.39.09.

Todmorden racers had many duels at the Alice’s Run in Mytholmroyd, organised in aid of Epilepsy Action and won by Jamie Fradgley of Stainland Lions in 36 mins 38 secs

Todmorden placings: 4, Richard Butterwick 39:55; 5, Matt Flanagan 40:23; 30, Guy Whitmore 46:00; 38, Steve James 47:00; 40, David Leslie 47:04; 58, Sally Chesworth 51:04; 93, Gemma Lord 59:23; 95, Reg Czudek 59:26; 132, Rachel Whitaker 1:07:27; 137, Myra Wells 1:08:00; 154, Mel Whitmore 1:12:15.