Cannonball 3 Day Event

Shore Road Race – Words by Dan Taylor – Photo

The Tod Harrier Road Championships moved to Shore village near Littleborough last Friday evening, for the latest event the 7k Shore Road Race. Part of the Cannonball 3 day event the race brought out 26 harriers on an overcast but dry evening. The route headed down towards littleborough before a left turn brought the runners out onto calderbrook road and a steep short climb. After passing the church the runners headed down to Todmorden Road where they took a left turn towards the town centre. A left turn, a run past the cricket club and a quick dash back up the hill brought the runners past the King Bill pub to the finish. First to finish was Rob James of Royton Runners. First Tod Harrier and also first V45 was Craig Stansfield, proving he is not just an ultra runner but also has a bit of speed. Craig was followed by Richard Butterwick who was second V45. The V40 Cat was also close between 2 toddies with Rob Gray claiming the prize ahead of Matt Flanaghan. In the ladies race Jane Mitchell had a great run for second placed overall. Julie Graham was first V45, Kath Brierley was first V50 and Mandy Goth first V55. There were also Category wins for Richard Blakeley in the V70’s, Josh Murphy in the U23’s and Moyra Parfitt in the V70 ladies. Todmorden took home the team prizes for both the men and ladies, counters were Craig/Richard /Matt and Jane/Kath/Mel Blackhurst.

Tod Results

5th Craig Stansfield                           M45       27.16

6th Richard Butterwick                    M45       27.41

8th Rob Gray                                       M40       27.51

9th  Matt Flanagan                            M40       28.05

13th Darren Graham                        M45       28.33

19th Michael Harper                         M45       30.06

21st Jane Mitchell                             F35         31.05

23rd Guy Whitmore                         M45       31.31

24th Josh Murphy                             MU23    31.34

26th Joseph Courtney                     M            31.42

27th Kath Brierley                              F50         31.49

29th Mel Blackhurst                          F50         32.11

34th Richard Blakeley                       M70       34.18

35th Kevin Coughlan                        M50       34.43

39th David Leslie                                M65       35.33

44th Mandy Goth                              F55         38.11

46th Julie Graham                             F45         39.01

49th Steve Corrigan                          M50       39.30

50th Peter Ehrhardt                          M65       39.38

51st Nicola Corrigan                          F40         39.57

53rd Moyra Parfitt                            F70         41.28

54th Nina Fedorski                            F50         41.47

55th Dave O’Neill                               M55       42.41

56th Rachel Whittaker                     F40         42.43

57th Myra Wells                                 F55         43.55

59th Ian Stansfield                            M70       1.02.25




Watergrove Trail Race and Sheep Fell Over Fell Race

8 Harriers came back on Saturday and Sunday to complete the 3 Day Event. Jane Mitchell showed good form throughout the weekend and came away with a well deserved 2nd place overall for the series. Craig Stansfield proved he is good on all surfaces with 5th place in the Trail race and 8th in the Fell Race giving him 4th overall and first V45 for the Series. Matt Flanagan came 6th and first v40, just ahead of Richard Butterwick 7th overall. Josh Murphy took the Under 23’s series prize showing how much he is improving in his first full year with the club.  Peter Ehrhardt was 2nd V65 for the series, with the races being 51,52 and 53 of his 70 at 70 challenge.

Paul BranniganCannonball 3 Day Event