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Sky’s the limit for duo
ROSSENDALE Harriers’ duo Phillip Taylor and Andrew Corbishley were celebrating double delight at Todmorden’s Shepherds Skyline Fell Race on Saturday.
Taylor completed the 350m of ascent over 10km in 53 minutes and 22 seconds to win the over 50 veteran section, in a 52-man field.
Team mate Corbishley was triumphant in the male veteran over 60 race, finishing the course in just over an hour.
The race is Todmorden’s most popular event, with a strong junior and senior field. The course includes a steep descent off Stoodley Pike, immediately followed by a stiff climb back up the hill.
A field of 272 runners entered the senior race, with a strong East Lancashire contingent, while 112 raced in the junior event.
Chorley’s Lynn Clough continued her impressive form by coming home first in the woman’s race, clocking 56mins 1sec to finish 56th overall.
Clough’s win also earned her first place in the over 40 veteran’s category.
In the men’s race, Clayton’s Andy Brown produced a strong run to finish sixth in 47mins 19secs.
Other standout performers in the men’s race included Todmorden’s John Wright, who was the 10th male home and fifth out of 92 in the over 40 veterans category, with Darwen Dashers’ Jonathan Bruton just one place behind him.
Todmorden’s Sean Carey finished 13th overall, while team mate Ivan Gee finished the over 40 race in eighth, taking 17th place overall.
Todmorden’s Paul Hobbs, Marcel Ellison and Steve Pullan (MV40) all also finished in the top 50 overall, with Jackson Cowie coming third in the under 18 race for the hosts.
Clayton’s Chris Balderson, Andrew Orr (MV40) and Paul Hesketh (MV40) also finished in the top 50.
Rossendale’s Martin Roberts ran well to finish fifth out of 52 in the over 50 race, with Clayton’s Ivan Whigham just a place behind him in the same category.
Nick Harris, of Rossendale, finished fourth in the over 60 race and Chorley’s John Minton celebrated victory in the over 70 category.
In the female race, Clayton’s Juliet Horrocks stormed to sixth place overall and second in the over 40 category.
Todmorden’s Sarah Warburton finished eighth overall, while team mate Kath Brierley came third in the over 50 discipline.
Rossendale’s Karen Taylor also ran well to finish fourth in the over 50 category, 13th overall, with Clayton’s Nichola Horsfall just a couple of places behind her in the age range and Todmorden’s Jane Leonard in eighth in that category.
Rossendale’s Tracy Ireland finished the over 40 race in sixth, 24th overall, with Todmorden’s Emma Osenton the 32nd female home.
Janet Haworth, from Rossendale, came ninth in the over 50 category, while Clayton’s Jean Brown came 17th in the over 40 race.