Harriers’ Hot Toddy is the top toast of Christmas racing

IT’S Christmas, and that can only mean it’s time for the annual Todmorden Harriers Hot Toddy 5.8 mile road race takes place on Tuesday, December 27, at 11am.

And with an eye on anyone who may be wanting a little bit of post-Christmas exercise, there will once again be a one-mile fun run.

Together the events have become a very popular fixture in the local running calendar, with runners travelling some distance to take part. Entries are welcome on the day and registration takes place from 10am at Todmorden Working Men’s Social Club on Halifax Road.

The route starts in Todmorden town centre, travelling up Rochdale Road and then turning at Walsden Post Office for a long steady climb up to the Shepherd’s Rest Inn.

A descent via Woodhouse Road will then take the runners back along Halifax Road to the finish. Alternatively, there is the mile-long fun run, which starts at 10.30am (£1 entry on the day only) which follows an off-road route close to Todmorden town centre.

Those runners old enough to imbibe it are also treated to a glassful of the Hot Toddy itself, the recipe for which is a closely guarded secret but whose restorative powers are highly thought of by finishing runners! Full details are on the club’s website www.todharriers.co.uk