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Sunday, 15 May 2011

Mearley Clough Fell Race [English Champs] | The Fellsman | Great Manchester Run

Lauren Jeska stormed to victory in the ladies race at the Mearley Clough Fell Race, which formed the second round of this year's English Fell Championships.   The 3.5 mile race featured over 1200 feet of steep ascent as it climbed from Worston up the north side of Pendle Hill, near Clitheroe.

Lauren quickly established herself at the front and held an unassaible lead as she began the descent, eventually crossing the line with a winning margin of over a minute.

The win was sufficient to take her to the top of the Ladies standings for 2011 after two of the six races, with Calder Valley's Helen Fines and Holmfirth's Helen Berry close behind.

Sarah May finished in 12th and Kath Brierley completed the course in 34th place to help the ladies team into second place on the day, allowing them to retain their lead at the top of the Team Championships.

In the separate men's race that followed, the first Todmorden runner was Jon Wright who finished in 33rd place.
Nick Barber and Alistair Rhodes-Dawson had a close battle throughout, to finish 64th and 66th respectively. 

Todmorden Results (Ladies) 1 Lauren Jeska 34:29; 12 Sarah May 38:14; 34 Kath Brierley 41:44; 48 Sarah Warburton 43:08; 55 Jane Leonard 44:06; 65 Maria Prescott 45:30; 76 Helen Hodgkinson 47:02; 92 Sue Roberts 49:28; 95 Andrea Marshall 50:10.

(Men): 33 Jon Wright 30:52; 63 Nick Barber 32:39; 65 Alistair Rhodes-Dawson 32:47; 86 John Lloyd 34:28; 105 Paul Hobbs 35:49; 110 Dave Collins 36:20; 111 Robin Tuddenham 36:23; 113 Martin Roberts 36:36; 143 Andrew Bibby 40:16; 159 Keith Parkinson 42:39; 170 Richard Blakeley 45:34; 177 Peter Ehrhardt 48:38; 182 Dave O’Neill 54:44.

Andy Holden's Mearley Clough photographs...

Men's race video...

Darren Graham was the lone Todmorden entrant in The Fellsman – a 62 mile ultra event over rugged moorland from Ingleton to Threshfield in the Yorkshire Dales.

Starting on Saturday morning, Darren completed the course in 16 hours and 23 minutes in the early hours of Sunday.

Sports Sunday's Fellsman photos...

On Sunday, two Harriers joined nearly 40,000 runners at the Great Manchester Run with Joanne Scholfield finishing the 10k route in 50:55 and Helen Wilson in 52:44.

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