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Monday, 3 June 2013

Yetholm Hill Race | Cannonball Hill Roller | Pennine 10k | Dartmooor Discovery Ultra

Todmorden Harriers’ ladies team kept up their challenge for a medal in this year’s British Fell Championship with a third place at the Yetholm Hill Race in the Scottish Borders near Coldstream.

The eight mile race featured 2500 feet of ascent and formed the second round of the four races in this year’s Championship.

Having previously recorded a second place in Northern Ireland, the result leaves the club in third place in the current standings, and only two points off the leading club.

Lauren Jeska led the team in, crossing the line as sixth lady, and 73rd place overall. Sarah May was 15th lady and Gemma Ford 21st lady.

Dan Taylor kept up his current strong form to finish first Todmorden man in 105th place, followed by Andrew Bibby in 142nd.

Jane Leonard finished in 164th, a few seconds ahead of Kath Brierley with Richard Leonard a further two minutes back.

Todmorden Results: 73 Lauren Jeska 1:19:41; 105 Dan Taylor 1:25:16; 106 Sarah May 1:25:18; 131 Gemma Ford 1:29:06; 142 Andrew Bibby 1:31:25; 164 Jane Leonard 1:37:37; 168 Kathleen Brierley 1:38:00; 182 Richard Leonard 1:40:02.

The first in a new series of Hill Roller Races was held on Carr Road, Portsmouth on Wednesday. The unique format saw runners running one mile uphill and then one mile downhill, with the times then combined.

Alex Whittem of Calder Valley Fell Runners set the fastest times of the night on both the uphill and downhill legs, to win in a combined time of 11:39.

Todmorden’s Dan Taylor finished in second place with a combined time of 12:44, with Keith Parkinson in fifth place in 16:05.

Myra Wells was first woman in 21:47, whilst Ian Stansfield’s 28:32 saw him home as third counter for Todmorden as they claimed the team prize.

There was a further new local race on Sunday, which saw a pair of Harriers join 1150 runners in Burnley for the Pennine Lancashire 10k.

Karen Gray finished in 261st place with a time of 50:31 and Ian Stansfield completed the course in 1:11:54 for 939th place.

Robin Tuddenham travelled further afield for the Dartmoor Discovery Ultra Marathon, a 52km road race, where he finished in first place in 3 hours 57 minutes 42 seconds.

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