Spring brings first evening fell race for Harriers

Jon Wright
Jon Wright

The start of spring was marked with the first evening fell race of the year with Rossendale Harriers’ 5.1 mile Liver Hill Fell Race.

The race gained 800 feet of height before a section across the moors and a final climb up and around Liver Hill.

Returning by the same route, it proved a lottery at the many stiles to negotiate as the leading runners crossed paths with those still climbing.

The race was won by Pudsey’s Danny Hope in a new course record of 31:56.

Sean Carey led the way for Todmorden in fourth place in 33:31. Richard Butterwick finished in 58th, with Kath Brierley sixth lady, in 74th overall, and Derek Donohue in 84th.

Jack Crummett put in a strong showing in the U14 junior race, to finish second.

On Wednesday at the Vera Hirst Littleborough 5k Martin Stork recorded a personal best time with 17:52 taking him into 12th place out of over 200 runners. He then added another new best for 10k, with 36:54 at the Wakefield 10k at the weekend.

Paul Brannigan was second Todmorden man at Littleborough in 16th, with Dan Taylor also recording a new personal best of 18:59 for 35th.

Richard Butterwick followed them in with 64th, with Keith Parkinson crossing the line 85th.

Maria Prescott was first Todmorden lady in 126th, with Andrea Marshall in 47th – with another personal best of 24:36 - and Myra Wells rounding off the Todmorden entry in 187th.

The Lad’s Leap Fell Race at the weekend formed the latest round in the club’s Fell Championship and 12 Harriers made the trip to Crowden Campsite for the 5.9 mile race.

Jon Wright finished in second place, a minute behind Dark Peak’s Mark Tuckett, with John Lloyd in seventh. Paul Brannigan finished 25th, just ahead of Dave Collins who gained several places on the final descent.

Kath Brierley won the ladies race in a time 1:04:42, with Jane Leonard finishing third lady.

Todmorden Results: 2 Jon Wright 49:17; 7 John Lloyd 53:15; 25 Paul Brannigan 00:57:20; 26 Dave Collins 00:57:36; 50 Simon Galloway 01:03:26; 55 Kath Brierley 01:04:42; 58 Richard Butterwick 01:05:52; 66 Jane Leonard 01:09:14; 75 Richard Blakeley 01:10:44; 80 Richard Leonard 01:11:48; 107 Barry Chapman; 111 Peter Ehrhardt.

Lauren Jeska was crowned Lancashire Ladies Fell Champion at the 4.5 mile Pendle Fell Race on Saturday, completing the course in 37:11, a minute ahead of her nearest rival.

The day also saw the first round of the Fell Running Association Junior Championship Series with several Todmorden juniors taking part.

Todmorden fireman Shaun Godsman, running for Calder Valley Fell Runners, came in seventh.

The race was a Lancashire selection race and as Godsman was first Lancashire man, he went home with a gold medal and a chance to run for the county.

Harriers Robin Tuddenham recorded his third win at the weekly Heaton Parkrun 5k on Saturday to add to the club’s excellent start to spring.