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Millbrook Monster 10k Trail Race Wed 30th July

14 Tod Harriers made the trip to Millbrook near Stalybridge last Wednesday for the Millbrook Monster 10k Trail Race. The scenic route took runners up and around the local reservoirs, finishing with a climb of 100 steps through the woods and a further half mile downhill to the finish. Local Marathon man Andi Jones turned up and ran away with the win over 2 minutes ahead of the 2nd placed athlete. First Tod Harrier on the night was Richard Butterwick continuing his good recent form. Dan Taylor was next closely followed by Michael Harper and Craig Stansfield.  Maria Prescott was the first Tod Lady to finish also coming first in the F50 category. New member Heather Rostron managed to get in front of Andrea Marshall towards the end of the race after a good battle, finishing 30 seconds ahead. A special mention must go to V75 competitor Jim Smith who managed his longest race of the year and was also first in his category. Following the finish was the highlight of the evening as everyone got to exchange their race numbers for a Chip Butty at the Millbrook Chippy.

Tod Results:
29 Richard Butterwick M40 45.55
32 Dan Taylor M 46 57
35 Michael Harper M45 47.18
36 Craig Stansfield M45 47.28
71 Andy Glyde M 51.14
106 David Leslie M60 55.02
109 Richard Blakeley M70 55.07
118 Maria Prescott F50 55.29
126 Kevin Coughlan M50 55.56
164 Heather Rostron F 59.37
169 Andrea Marshall F35 1.00.07
217 Nina Fedorski F50 1.12.00
219 Dave O’Neill M55 1.13.45
223 Jim Smith M75 1.54.20

Full results on Hyde Village Striders website (PDF)


Waggon and Horses 10 Sun 3rd August

4 Toddies made the trip to Lancaster on a rainy Sunday morning for the Waggon and Horses 10 mile road race, the latest race in the Road Championships. The rain was heavy but luckily came in fits and spurts. John Allan set off at a fair pace and was trailed by Dan Taylor for the first couple of miles before slowly pulling out a lead of around 100 yards. Dan sped up on the undulating section of the race after 5 miles and managed to catch John on a downhill section at 7.5 miles. Dan made a break for it with 2 miles to go and got 20 yards ahead, but John fought back with 1 mile to go. A last mile of 6 minutes 5 seconds brought John home in front after Dan’s legs gave in with 500 metres to go. Both runners got Personal Bests by a few minutes. Sarah Glyde continued her great road form, with another well paced run. This brought her first in the V40 category and another bottle of wine. Kirsty Patten competing in her first ten mile race managed to dip under the 90 minute time to complete the Tod entrants.

Tod Results:
33 John Allan M 1.07.32
35 Dan Taylor M 1.07.48
46 Sarah Glyde F40 1.10.50
121 Kirsty Patten F 1.29.14

Full Results on UK Results website


Cock Hill Wood Fell Race Thursday 31st July

Thursday evening saw the latest event from local company Cannonball Events, The Cock Hill Fell Race held from the Roebuck Inn at Portsmouth. The scenic route saw runners heading off up Carr Road before turning off up through the forest. A quick descent down the other side back to the Roebuck was followed by another climb on the opposite side of the valley.  The route then went around to rejoin the same descent for the run to the finish. Calder Valley star Max Wharton won the race, but was chased all the way by 14 year old Joshua Boyle of Hyndburn. First Toddie and also first V45 was Andrew Wrench in 4th place, next was Andy Forbes in one of his first races in a tod vest, andy managed 20th place and first v40. Ian Stansfield fought his way round on a hot evening to finish first v70.

Tod results:
4th Andrew Wrench V45 25.29
20th Andy Forbes V40 32.38
44th Ian Stansfield V70  1.07.29

Full results on Cannonball website (PDF)

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