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Monday, 28 October 2013

Tandle Hill Trail Race | OMM | Marathon Eryri | Bronte Way Fell Race

by Richard Butterwick (Final report, hanging up keyboard after 5.5 years)

Todmorden Harriers’ Trail Championship reached its conclusion at the Tandle Hill Trail Race on Sunday with the top three men in the standings all in attendance.
Dan Taylor, who was lying in second place in the table beforehand, was the first Todmorden Harrier to finish the 5.8 mile route in 39:28 for 9th place, closely followed by Trevor Davies in 11th who kept the gap between them small enough to enable him to clinch the men’s Trail Champion title.
Rob Gray finished in 40:47 which cemented his third place in the Championship.
Issy Pollard was not racing but previous results meant she claimed the women’s Trail Championship.
On the day, Bev Wright was the first Todmorden woman, finishing 17th woman in a time of 53:28.  She was followed by Louise Abdy who battled on with a suspected broken finger after a fall to finish 21st woman and Andrea Marshall who was 23rd woman.
Todmorden results:  9 Daniel Taylor 39:28; 11 Trevor Davis 39:41; 16 Rob Gray 40:47; 21 Jon Wright 41:45; 44 Phil Cook 47:09; 48 Nick Barber 47:25; 53 Kevin Coughlan 48:48; 73 Bev Wright 53:28; 83 Peter Ehrhardt 55:59; 85 Louise Abdy 56:19; 89 Andrea Marshall 57:01.

Mandy Goth and Rachel Skinner finished first female pair in the long class at the OMM Marathon Mountain in the Brecon Beacons.  After holding a 5 point lead overnight after the first day, they completed the two day navigational event with a 15 point lead over their closest rivals.

Mel Blackhurst was also in Wales for the Marathon Eryri, completing the 26.2 mile route in Snowdonia in a time of 3:53:05, finishing 44th woman, and 7th in the v45 age category. 

Closer to home, a trio of Harriers tackled the Bronte Way Fell Race, an 8 mile point to point race from Wycollar to Haworth.
Martin Roberts finished in 46th place in a time of 1:06:30, followed by Chris Preston in 125th at 1:20:54 and Sue Roberts crossed the line at 1:32:32 for 159th position.

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