Tod Champs Set Sail

Hit The Trail, 7 Jan
Report by Lucy Hobbs

Crisp skies and cold conditions in Stockport made for firm but icy conditions at last Sunday’s 5 mile Hit the Trail race and Chairman Nick Barber did not fail. Dominating the race from start to finish he held his ground for the win in the Clubs first race of the 2018 Grand Prix and trail championship. The race that takes in the trails around the Reddish Vale Country Park was well attended, with 350 places being filled and a high attendance of championship hopefuls meant that the men’s team also took the team prize with Darren Tweed finishing in 5th place closely followed by Richard Butterwick and Matt Flanagan. Nick Barber’s inspiration came from his wife and new member Katch Skinner donning her vest and making her debut to finish 2nd Tod lady, behind Kerry Edwards. Katie Walshaw of Ribble Valley was first woman home in 29.20.

The first race in the clubs trail championship looks likely to be a good battle as many potential winners were out wearing their vests with pride.

Tod Results:

Nick Barber 1st 28:38
Darren Tweed 5th 30:09 (2nd M40)
Richard Butterwick 11th 30:44 (1st M45)
Matt Flanagan 31:06 (3rd M45)
Darren Shackleton 31:09 (4th M open)
Dan Taylor 33:56 (15th M open)
Michael Harper 33:58 (8th M45)
Kerry Edwards 35:03 (4th F40)
Guy Whitmore 37:38 (7th M50)
Ian Maclachlan 37:46 (9th M50)
Katch Skinner 39:59 (7th F40)
Kim Ashworth 40:57 (13th F)
Simon Anderton 43:49 (9th M55)
Elise Milnes 44:25 (3rd F 55)
Louise Abdy 46:15 (5th F55)
Graham Milnes 48:30 (9th M60)
Peter Erdhart 49:53 (3rd M70)
Myra Wells 54:38 (4 F60)

Matt FlanaganTod Champs Set Sail