Victory for Trawden runner Molly

Molly Ralphson

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THE Burnley and Pendle Grand Prix carried on last weekend with the Trawden Trail Race.

A 7 -mile route around Trawden and Wycollar,the course was changed from previous years so runners could enjoy traffic-free bridleways and footpaths in the area.

There were 109 runners that took part, with local clubs Trawden and Clayton making up the bulk of the numbers.

However, it was Nick Leigh (38.56) from Altrincham that won the race by just one second from Wharfedale’s Stephen Chew (38.57), although second place was enough for Chew to maintain his current lead in the overall race series.

First lady home was Trawden’s former champion Molly Ralphson (48.07), followed by Clayton’s Laura Hesketh (48.19), although the current series leader is Nicola Nuttall of Trawden.

Local runners in the veteran categories included V45 Glen Goodwin of Accrington Road Runners (43.10), Roger Brewster, V55 of Clayton (45.36), David Scott, V65 of Claytoin (51.51) and Ted Orrell, V70 of Clayton (61.11).

Irene Roche (54.28), Linda Bostock (58.29) and Jean Rawlinson (59.36), all Clayton ladies, won the V50, 55 and 60 categories respectively.

The under 20 prizes went to Harry Kaye of Trawden (52.35) and Helena Leathley of Clayton (50.50).