Todmorden Harriers placed 7 of their athletes in the top 11 of the Diane Modahl Brownhouse trail race in Rochdale. Tod’s Kath Brierley (pictured above no.149) took top honours winning the ladies race with Paul Brannigan placed second in the men’s race. Four time Olympic 800m runner Diane Modahl took part in the race. A steep start on the road, turned into a rough ascent then 2 laps of Brownhouse Reservoir before a hurtle back down to the finish. Tod’s Craig Stansfield set the early pace, which was then taken up by Tod’s Ivan Gee and then eventual winner Alex McVey of Kestrel Super Flyers opened up a significant gap, which Brannigan closed to just 9 seconds in the second half of the race. Gee was 1st V40, Stansfield 1st V45, Brannigan 1st V50, David Leslie 1st V60, Peter Erhardt 1st V65, Myra Wells 1st lady V55 and former English Fell Champion Moyra Parfitt 1st lady V65. Tod’s male performance of the night came from Rob Gray who was in touching distance of much faster runners on paper.
The race raised around £400 for the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation. Full results on ukresults.net (new window)