Cragg Vale FR, Heptonstall Festival FR, Hendon Brook

Cragg Vale Fell Race – Tod Ladies Steal The Show

Wednesday 28th June

A lovely summer evening where just over a third of the entrants were Tod Harriers, 30 in total. A very steep start from The Hinchliffe, climbing almost 200m in 1.6Km, through the mud of Sunderland Pasture, across the moors from Dick Lane and a fast downhill back to Cragg.  Chris Kay was first Toddy over the line in 7th overall, with Duncan Cannon (10th) and Chris Goddard (12th) not too far behind.

It was the ladies that won all the Tod prizes with Rebecca Patrick 2nd lady overall and first F50, Mel Blackhurst 3rd overall, second F50, and Emma Fiedler first F40.  And the top trio also claimed the ladies team prize.

Plus, once again Kath Brierley won first F60.

Full results can be found here:  entries v2 (

Heptonstall Festival Fell Race

Saturday 1st July (Non-Grand Prix)

Just 10 Toddies at this one, but a men’s team win for Dom Leckie, Graeme Brown and Duncan Canon.  There was a good old teammate battle between Dom and Graeme, Dom over the line in 7th overall just 4 seconds in front of Graeme.

Hendon Brook

Sunday 2nd July

Billed as a half marathon but is actually slightly longer at 13.5 miles, and for a road race, a huge 2100 feet of climbing.  Nine of our hardiest Toddies took on the Hendon Brook challenge, around the areas of Nelson, Colne and Trawden.

First Tod over the line was Robin Tuddenham in 25th overall, and as second M50.  Followed by Chris Goddard in 32nd and Pete Rolls in 39th overall.

Fresh from her successes at Cragg Vale, Mel Blackhurst won the first F55 prize and also broke the time record for the F55 age category.

Full results can be found here:  UKResults and UKtimers – Race Results Service – Results for Gerry McCabe’s Hendon Brook Race, Nelson, Lancashire held on 2nd July 2023

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Helen TippingCragg Vale FR, Heptonstall Festival FR, Hendon Brook