Red Rose XC League Rossendale – 6 Dec 2014
Todmorden Harriers sent their strongest squad of 2014 to Marl Pits in Rossendale for the final race in the Red Rose Cross Country League. Team spirit and desire has grown from race 1 where a skeleton men’s squad performed well enough to be in the mix for honours, which inspired greater commitment in races 2 and 3 to close the gap on Blackburn and Rossendale.
In the 4th and final race of the season the big winners were Todmorden’s male Vets team who produced their finest performance in the series to overhaul Blackburn and win the Red Rose XC League Vets team title. The ladies vets team had built up a head of steam over the 4 races to secure 3rd place overall in the veterans team category.
Mel Blackhurst capped a fantastic year in being crowned the Tod Harriers Ladies XC champion. The race for the male equivalent title went right down to the wire with Andrew Wrench finishing in front of Nick Barber for the first time in the league, but it was Barber who took the title scoring 183.6 points to Wrench’s 183.1, which equates to just a 10 second gap in the whole competition.
With Wrench and Barber driving the Tod train it was Ivan Gee, Dwane Dixon, Robin Tuddenham, Paul Brannigan, Chris Goddard, Craig Stansfield and Dave Garner down in the engine room who powered a procession of red, white and blue Tod vests across the line to a superb Men’s Open team 2nd on the day and 4th place in the overall team competition.
Paul Brannigan won the overall Red Rose title in the age 50-54 category. Nick Barber finished 2nd overall in the age 35-39 category. Mel Blackhurst finished 3rd lady overall in the age 45-49 category and Moyra Parfitt missed out on overall 1st place in the age 65-69 category by just 1 point.
Jack Crummett finished 11th overall in the U17 competition and Jamie Lannagan finished 58th in the U11 boys race.
Mel Blackhurst 14th 23.03 3rd LV45
Kath Brierley 23rd 24.06 3rd LV50
Catherine Elvin 40th 25.41
Mel Siddall 48th 26.19
Mandy Goth 68th 29.17
Moyra Parfitt 75th 30.09 2nd LV65
U11 Boys Results:
Jamie Lannagan 58th 8.10.
U17 Boys Results:
Jack Crummett 7th 20.05.
James Logue 5th 29.46 1st V45
Andrew Wrench 11th 31.14 3rd V45
Nick Barber 13th 31.37
Ivan Gee 28th 32.52
Dwane Dixon 29th 33.02
Robin Tuddenham 37th 33.41
Paul Brannigan 39th 33.59 1st V50
Chris Goddard 42nd 34.06
Craig Stansfield 44th 34.23
Dave Garner 52nd 34.43
Dan Taylor 57th 35.04
Ben Crowther 59th 35.20
Steve Pullan 67th 35.55
Matt Flanagan 83rd 37.08
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