BURNDEN athletes scored two podium finishes at the Ironman UK championships in Bolton.

Husband and wife Martyn and Isaline Pollitt both finished third in their age categories to qualify for the world championship finals in Kona, Hawaii.

Martyn was third M55 and 156th overall in the men’s race – a great achievement given the quality of the elite field.

He completed the 3.8k swim at Pennington Flash in 1hr 23mins 30secs and followed that up with 4:58:20 for the 95-mile bike ride and 3:43:56 for the marathon to register a total of 10:18:52 – his fifth Ironman success.

Isaline was third F50 – she was out of the water in 1:47:24 and completed the bike course in 5:52:31.

A run of 5:23:04 gave her an overall time of 13:18:40 in her third successful Ironman, earning her 130th place in the women’s race.

Trevor Fishwick was the next Burndener to finish. In his first Ironman he registered 1:41:36 for the swim and 6:16:17 for the bike section.

A time of 6:01:55 for the marathon saw him post a finishing time of 14:19:25.

Neil Critchley completed his third Ironman. Despite illness, he managed to complete the swim in 1:41:10 followed by a bike ride of 6:10:06.

His marathon time of 6:30:29 gave him a total of 14:53:22.

Elsewhere, Marcus Taylor tested himself on the tough slopes of the Snowdonia Trail Marathon with 5,256 feet of ascent. Taylor completed the 27-mile course in 5:22:39.

Dawn Evans chose to run both days of the Pendle Festival of Running. She followed up her time of 1:22:43 for the 10k event with 1:13:46 for the trail race the day after.

Also taking part in the Trail Race were Don Nichol (47:26), Louise Fox (1:01:56) and Emma Walker (1:02:24).

Debra Hennessey travelled to Lytham for the Windmill Half Marathon and crossed the finish line in 2:36:01.