Blackhurst just misses out on prize after scaling the heights

Mel Blackhurst. Picture: Woodentops
Mel Blackhurst. Picture: Woodentops

Paul Cotton and Mel Blackhurst represented Todmorden Harriers with credit at the Wharfedale Half Marathon.

They both enjoyed the event, which although billed as a half marathon trail race but is more akin to a category BL fell race.

The race features 2000 feet of climb in three long ascents, two of which are very runnable.

However, the third climb is steeper and runners were not helped by the windy conditions on the day.

The wind sent the loose small stones and sand straight into the faces of the competitors and there were plenty of bogs and slightly rocky runnable descents to contend with as well.

The winning time was 1:29:50 witth Blackhurst completing the course in 1:56, finishing seventh lady and missing out on a V50 prize by just 50 seconds.

Paul ran an excellent 2:07 and looked strong at the end.

Four Todmorden Harriers made the trip to the Lakes for the Coniston Marathon and Half Marathon event.

Starting and finishing at Coniston Hall Landing Point, on the shores of Coniston Water, the Lakeland Trails Marathon takes in a complete circuit of Coniston Water along well marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways.

Taking in the idyllic beauty spot of Tarn Hows, and the elevated Beacon Tarn, the whole course gives panoramic views of Lake Coniston and the surrounding peaks of the Old Man, Swirl How, Wetherlam and Dow Crags.

Coniston Marathon results:

Ben Holmes of Tod Harriers finished 65th in the marathon in a time of 4.21.10 wit Guy Whitmore 110th in 4.41.13.

Mel Whitmore took on the shorter half marathon course and finished229th in2.16.54