LOSTOCK A.C have paid tribute to its honorary life President, Leo Pollard who has died following a short illness.

Pollard who was in his 80's, joined Lostock A.C. in the early 1990's where he immediately made his mark organising many long-distance events such as the running of the length of the Leeds Liverpool canal and the River Douglas from source to see.

He also initiated the annual club off road duathlon and remained an active runner until his recent stroke.

Whilst newer Lostock A.C. members knew Leo from his unfailing support at multiple club events, it was during the 1970's and 1980's with his beloved Achille Ratti climbing club that Leo established his reputation as one of the finest fell runners of his generation. Leo was one of the earliest completers of the Bob Graham Round and pioneered both the Old County Tops fell race and the 100 mile ultra Lakes, Meres and Waters race. Leo completed the Joss Naylor Challenge in August 1999 aged 65.

The running club said: "Lostock A.C. extends its deepest condolences to Leo's family and friends and he will be missed by all at the club."