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Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Blackshaw Head | Ben Nevis | Alice's Run | Stainland 7 | Bradley Fell Race

Todmorden Harriers were faced with a good choice of races at the weekend starting with the short trip for the 5.5 mile Blackshaw Head Fell Race, held in conjunction with the Fete.

Sean Carey led the way for the Harriers in 6th place, with newcomer Steve Pullian in 9th place.

Todmorden Results: 6 Sean Carey 40.29; 9 Steve Pullian 41.39; 18 Darren Tweed 43:59; 21 Duncan Ritchie 45.56; 28 Roger Haworth 47.14; 34 Clive Greatorex 47.43; 40 Guy Whitmore 48:56; 41 Angus Barclay 49.05; 76 Trevor Smith 1:03:39; 80 Louise Abdy 1:13:13.

On the same day, several Todmorden runners were in Scotland for the Ben Nevis Race, a 10 mile up and down climb from Fort William to the summit of Britain’s highest mountain.

Jon Wright finished in 18th position in 1:45:54, with Andrew Horsfall completing the route in 91st place.

Todmorden Results: 18 Jon Wright 1:45:54; 91 Andrew Horsfall 2:01:59; 185 Marcel Ellison 2:17:42; 203 James Riley 2:20:19; 262 Dan Taylor2:28:58; 312 Simon Anderton 2:35:35; 449 Mandy Goth 3:01:50.

On Sunday, five Harriers tackled Alice’s Run from Mytholmroyd on Sunday, with the 10k route winding its way up and down the Upper Calder Valley.

Guy Whitmore and Paul Cotton ran a close race for 17th and 18th place, with only 10 seconds separating them at the finish line.

Elise Milnes finished 8th lady, and 40th overall, ahead of husband Graham in 58th and Myra Wells in 104th place.

At the same time a trio of Harriers tackled the tough Stainland 7 mile road race.

Mel Blackhurst finished first v45 and Moyra Parfitt first v65 for the ladies, in 67th and 120th places overall, with Kevin Coughlin also completing the hilly course in just under an hour for 91st place.

Mel then travelled to Skipton to complete her second race of the day at the Bradley Fell Race, finishing in 71st place.

Nick Barber was the first Harrier to finish the 3.5 mile route, in 4th place, with John Lloyd in 13th and Paul Brannigan in 14th place. Dave O’Neill completed the Todmorden entry with 88th position.

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