MARK Checkley was one of four Lostock AC green vests who headed to Todmorden for the Shepherds Skyline fell race.

The six-mile race with 1,200 feet of ascent always guarantees lots of mud and a vicious, steep descent off Stoodleigh Pike. Rob Sharkey was the first Lostocker home in a time of 57mins 3secs to finish 11th in his age group, followed by Mark Shuttleworth in 63:08 and 20th in age group, Mark Liptrot in 65:41 and seventh in age group with Checkley finishing in 76:28.

Despite sustaining an injury, Checkley was racing again the following day at the 33rd Sweatshop Through the Villages event at Wheelton – an 8.4-mile undulating road and trail race.

Stuart Hatton was first home for Lostock in 1:03:03 and 15th in his age group, Peter Noble was seventh in his age group in a time of 1:10:03, Checkley finished in 1:10:48 and Claire Shewbridge was eighth in her age group in a time of 1:14:22.

Checkley had been racing the previous weekend when he came 10th overall at the Time 2 Trick or Treat Trail race in 36:19. Ian Burns also went over to the dark side for the first of the Petzl Night Runner series at Delamere Forest, taking three minutes off his previous year's time to complete the 10k night race in 1:02:41 for 22nd in his age group.

The first SROC winter street orienteering event at Plungington saw some dominant performances from Lostockers, with age-group wins for Josie Greenhalgh, Paul Speed and the team of Albert and Abigail Sunter, with Tony Marlow third in his age group and 11th overall.

Greenhalgh was also 10th in her age group at the second event of the Peak Race Challenge at Totley.

At Haigh Hall parkrun, Matt Withers turned in a strong run of 24:17 with Joanne Parncutt posting 36:15.