LOSTOCK AC's Paul Lacey and Donna Kelsall headed to Newcastle-upon-Tyne for one of the UK's most iconic running events, the Great North Run.

Lacey and Kelsall joined 57,000 other runners for what is now the world's 15th largest run, starting in Newcastle city centre and finishing 13.1 miles later in North Shields.

The sheer number of runners does not allow for fast racing but Lacey and Kelsall were pleased with their respective times of 1hr 55mins 57secs and 2:12:00.

At the same time as Lacey and Kelsall were competing in one of the iconic races of the road running calendar,  across the Pennines in Grasmere, Josie Greenhalgh and Tony Marlow were competing in one of the highlights of the fell running year –  the Lake District Mountain Trail.

Starting from Grasmere, Greenhalgh and Marlow competed in the 16-mile medium race, finishing 22nd and 23rd respectively, in times of 4:41:39 and 4:43:11, with Greenhalgh finishing third in her age group.

Claire Shewbridge had similar age-group success at the Lancaster Golden Ball 20-mile race around Lancaster and the Lune Valley, claiming second place in her age category in a time of 3:15:01.

Closer to home James Jackson was the standout Lostocker at the Wigan 10k, finishing 35th overall in a time of 39:38.

Cathy Stratton continued the trend of age-group success for Lostock women by finishing fifth in her category, and 40th woman, in a time of 49:02.

Mat Withers and Ian Burns posted times of 51:54 and 53:02, while Joanna Withers posted a 10k personal-best time of 60:19. The annual downhill race from Rivington Pike to the Horwich RMI club, which allows runners to choose whichever route they think is quickest, saw Albert Sunter come home in 21:35, Greenhalgh in 23:38 and Mark Checkley in 28:08.