Race to the Summit Fell Race

88 runners braved the weather on Saturday morning to take part in the 53rd ‘Race You To The Summit’ run. The race started off many years ago as a bet between friends to see if anyone could run to the White House Pub, near Blackstone Edge and back within half an hour. Now in its 53rd year and a few tweaks to the route, the race starts and finishes at the Summit Inn, Littleborough. With the distance only just over 4 miles, it still has nearly 900 feet of climbing. Andy Ford was the first Toddy back, finishing in 4th place overall with a time of 33.39. Peter Kerridge grabbed the vet 55 prize with his broken hand after slipping during the race. He still managed a pint and a meal at the pub afterwards before heading to the hospital! Sally Chesworth was the first Lady Toddy back with a time of 47.59 and Jane Leonard won the female Vet 60 prize in a time of 50.17. Rick Parrish had to work hard throughout the race as he battled with the same runner throughout and ended with a sprint finish to finish just in front of the other runner. Also, a special mention For Stuart Wolsenholme who ran a Parkrun before the race and the went to Bolton to take part in the Red Rose Cross Country race. 3 races in a day! Full Toddy results…..

1st Male – Martin Howard (Calder Valley) – 31.41
1st Female – Julie Darigala (Penistone) – 38.02

4th – Andy Ford – 33.39
9th – Ricky Parrish – 36.48
24th – Peter Kerridge – 40.14
33rd – Stuart WolstenHolme – 43.31
56th – Sally Chesworth – 47.59
67th – Jane Leonard – 50.17

Matt FlanaganRace to the Summit Fell Race