Mel and Dwane show way for Tod at Meltham

Todmorden's Mel Blackburst in Sunday's Meltham race
Todmorden's Mel Blackburst in Sunday's Meltham race

Twenty six Todmorden Harriers turned out in the first of this year’s club road championship races - the Meltham Tough 10K.

The route around the Huddersfield village was exposed and hilly and the chilly nature of the day was reflected in few runners competing in just the traditional vest and shorts.

Mel Blackhurst continued her fine form in 2015 as first counter for the Tod Ladies team, followed by Kath Brierley in a rare appearance on the roads.

Melanie Whitmore completing the Tod ladies team.

Tod’s resident Aussie, Dwane Dixon, is also only an occasional competitor on tarmac. But he led the men’s team home in 16th place overall.

Richard Butterwick and Ben Crowther completed the counters in the men’s team.

At the back end of the field came Dave O’Neil and Myra Wells, demonstrating that the Todmorden Harriers club is open to runners of all abilities.

The winner was David Thompson of Barnsley AC in 37.28. The first female was Amy Green of Keighley and Craven, who was 31st in 41.57. There were 305 finishers:

Todmorden results: 16, Dwane Dixon,40:08; 25, Richard Butterwick41:16; 39, Ben Crowther42:32; 46, Darren Graham42:58; 62, Michael Harper44:04; 95, Guy Whitmore46:22; 96, Melanie Blackhurst46:31; 111, Andrew Bibby47:28; 112, Kath Brierley47:28; 115, Stuart Wolstenholme47:57; 138, Paul Cruthers49:49; 140, Joseph Courtney49:52; 141, David Leslie49:49; 204, Melanie Whitmore 54:09; 210, Elise Milnes54:44; 213, Helen Wilson54:45; 231, Julie Graham57:07; 254, David Wilson59:17; 256, Peter Erhardt 59:37; 258, Moyra Parfitt59:36; 266, Josh Murphy 01:01:08; 268, Graham Milnes 01:02:08; 278, Nina Fedorski 1:04:15; 283, David O’Neill 1:06:46; 286, Myra Wells 1:07:56.