Todmorden's Jeska is just Great at the Lakes

First published in Athletics

DEFENDING champion Lauren Jeska maintained her excellent start to the 2012 English Fell Championships by winning the female race in Saturday’s Great Lakes Run at Great Langdale.

The 37-year-old Todmorden Harrier navigated one of the toughest courses on the fell running calendar in 3:28:38 to finish 40th overall.

Gisburn’s Tom Cornthwaite was the winner by an astonishing seven and a half minutes at Sunday’s Hendon Brook Half Maraton at Nelson.

The Blackburn Harrier was first past the post in 1:17:15, with Clayton duo Matthew Lalor (1:25:33) and Ian Livesey (1:26:30) third and fourth.

Sarah Ridehalgh of Accrington Road Runners won the female race in 1:31:39.

Beckie Taylor of Blackburn Harriers (22:16) finished fourth at the Karrimor Great Trail Challenge in the Elite Junior Women section.

Rossendale’s Joe Johnston (35:33) was seventh in the junior men, while Blackburn Harrier Josh Tighe (35:04) came 13th in the elite men.

Last Thursday’s Walsh Two Lads Fell Race in Horwich was won by Rob Hope, who lives in Wheelton, near Chorley, in 32:31.

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