Worster Takes Thieveley

Thieveley Pike Fell Race, 30 Sep 2017
Report by Jo Daniels

There was a fantastic turnout for Todmorden Harriers at Thieveley Pike Fell Race on Saturday. From a boggy field beside the Ram Inn, Cliviger, the race follows the Mary Towneley Loop to Scout Farm where a sharp left takes you up a mercifully short, ridiculously steep climb to the moor, which levels off towards a ruin at CP4. After crossing a couple of fields it’s back onto rough moorland for the climb to the Pike, steep at first then it eases as you follow the fence to the trig point. A fast grassy descent precedes a shorter, technical drop to the fell gate. Runners then battled through a young plantation before a steep ‘sting in the tail’ brings you back to the ruin. A second grassy descent leads to the bridleway for the last push to the finish in the field where you started.
The Todmorden machine was in brilliant working order with a clutch of prize positions being taken by Harriers’ athletes. Andrew Worster (pictured, photo courtesy of David Belshaw) took the outright honours winning the race in a time of 36.33. Ben Crowther was first V40, finishing 12th overall in 39.50. Annie Roberts took second place in the women’s event, finishing 17th overall in 40.03. The Todmorden women also claimed the Womens’ Team Prize.

Full Todmorden results:
Andrew Worster 1st 36.33
Ben Crowther 12th 39.50
Annie Roberts 17th 40.03
Tom Barker 37th 44.02
Dan Taylor 47th 45.04
Andy Forbes 49th 45.10
Chris Dewhirst 66th 46.35
Stuart Wolstenholme 70th 47.25
Martin Roberts 73rd 47.45
Lisa Kaye 77th 48.27
Mark Whitaker 85th 49.43
Kath Brierley 100th 51.51
Sue Roberts 128th 1.01.04
Mandy Goth 131st 1.01.26
Reg Czudek 139th 1.22.58

Matt FlanaganWorster Takes Thieveley