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Thursday, 7 February 2013

Mickleden Straddle Fell Race

Todmorden Harriers braved cold and windy conditions in the Peak District at the weekend, as this year’s Club Fell Championship opened with the Mickleden Straddle Fell Race.

The 14.4 mile out and back course made its way across the moors between Langsett and Howden Reservoirs.

John Lloyd finished in fourth place just over a minute ahead of eleventh placed Nick Barber. Craig Stansfield held a similar advantage over Paul Brannigan as they finished in 21st and 25th places.

Mel Blackhurst was the first Todmorden lady to complete the course, ahead of Lucy Hobbs and Jane Leonard.

Todmorden Results: 4 John Lloyd 1:50:07; 11 Nick Barber 1:51:24; 21 Craig Stansfield 1:56:20; 25 Paul Brannigan 1:57:28; 33 Ivan Gee 2:03:48; 48 Dan Taylor 2:08:50; 54 Robert Tyson 2:11:59; 70 Dave Collins 2:15:10; 90 Andrew Bibby 2:18:52; 126 Simon Galloway 2:26:31; 127 Mel Blackhurst 2:26:40; 133 Andy Glyde 2:28:18; 154 Joe Daniels 2:34:06; 156 Paul Cruthers 2:34:25; 160 Lucy Hobbs 2:36:22; 166 Jane Leonard 2:38:01; 175 Chris Drinkwater 2:39:45; 183 James Riley 2:42:11; 196 Isobel Pollard 2:47:12; 206 Elise Milnes 2:51:06; 223 Helen Wilson 3:00:36; 243 Peter Ehrhardt 3:17:40; 246 David Wilson 3:22:24; 247 Ray Poulter 3:22:25.

The previous Thursday evening had seen several Harriers take part in a night fell race in the hills above Old Town, with Peter Bowles first Todmorden runner in fourth place, followed by Paul Hobbs in fifth and Dave Swift in eighth position.

Andrew Bibby was next to emerge from the darkness in eleventh ahead of Chris Drinkwater in twelfth.

Gemma Kendall finished first lady, and 16th overall, with Geoff Read completing the Todmorden turnout in 18th place.

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