Auld Lang Syne Fell Race, 31 Dec
Report by Jo Daniels
There is no better way to see in the start of the New Year than with a fell race – or so thought the 327 runners who stood on the start line for the annual Auld Lang Syne fell race in Haworth. Starting from Penistone Hill Country Park and heading towards Top Withens the athletes – many in fancy dress – were taken across the upper reaches of Ponden Clough and Stanbury Moor before returning to the cricket club on Penistone Hill. Points of interest on the 6.7 mile route include the Bronte Way, the ruins of Top Withens and the summit of Delf Hill.
Andy Worster took the honours for Todmorden with a fantastic top ten finish to round off the year. He finished 7th in 43.40. Annie Roberts rounded off an amazing year’s running to finish first female for Todmorden. She finished inside the top ten for the female event and 55th overall in 52.20. Keith Alger was third home for Todmorden in 57.15 to claim 103rd. Ribble Valley claimed both top spots with Chris Holdsworth in 41.06 and Nichola Jackson in 47.28. The other Todmorden results were: Simon Galloway 192nd 1.05.47; Martin Roberts 232nd 1.10.40; Kim Ashworth 238th 1.11.04; Jane Leonard 285th 1.19.37; Chris Preston 305th 1.24.08; Sue Roberts 310th 1.25.53; Peter Erhardt 316th 1.31.13.