There was a heady blend of cool temperatures and a mixture of ice and mud to look forward to for the 16 Todmorden Harriers who made their way to Old Town Cricket Club on Saturday for the Wadsworth Trog. There was a new route this year, to avoid damaging newly re-seeded areas on the top of the moors, but there was still the promise of 20 enjoyable miles around the local area. The runners were taken from the Cricket Club up to High Brown Knoll Trig Point. The frozen ground kept many parts of the route very runnable. Runners were taken to various points of interest including Cock Hill, the ruin at Top Withins and Shackleton Knoll. The route returned to High Brown Knoll Trig for the second time before taking in Sheepstones Trig Point, Wood End and a final lung busting climb back up to the Cricket Club, finishing with a lap of the cricket field for good measure.
The first male home for Todmorden was local author Chris Goddard in 3.02.03, finishing in a highly credible 20th place. The next three men for Todmorden finished in 28th, 29th and 30th. They were Dave Garner (3.06.20), Andy McFie (3.06.32) and John Allan (3.06.37). Chris, Dave and Andy also secured 5th place in the men’s team event.
First placed Lady for Todmorden was Lucy Hobbs, finishing 11th Lady and 93rd overall. Finishing with exactly the same time on the watch was Tod’s Melanie Blackhurst. Third Lady home for the Harriers was Kirsty Patten 4.04.22. This trio won 3rd place in the ladies’ team event.
Full results for Todmorden Harriers
20th Chris Goddard 3.02.03
28th Dave Garner 3.06.20
29th Andy McFie 3.06.32
30th John Allan 3.06.37
58th Dave Collins 3.25.34
67th Dave Terner Smith 3.32.10
86th Robert Halstead 3.41.51
93rd Overall 11th Lady Lucy Hobbs 3.47.03
94th Overall 12th Lady Melanie Blackhurst 3.47.03
106th Ben Beckwith 4.00.34
115th Overall 18th Lady Kirsty Patten 4.04.22
126th Joe Daniels 4.13.19
130th Overall 23rd Lady Elise Milnes 4.15.57
138th Overall 26th Lady Beverley Holmes 4.17.51
153rd Reg Czudek 5.47.46