FIVE Lostockers overcame injury, illness, penalties and the elements to complete the Kong Mini Mountain Marathon series in the Peak District at the weekend.

Starting in Snowdonia in February before visiting Helvellyn and Ambleside, the four-race event came to its tough conclusion at Burbage where low cloud on the bleak Totley Moors made navigation especially challenging for the Lostock contingent of Albert, Michele and Abigail Sunter, Josie Greengalgh and Tony Marlow.

With visibility down to 10 metres at times, it was inevitable navigational errors would be made during the pressurised four-hour race time limit, with Greenhalgh incurring a time penalty and losing a place in the race, although this did not prevent her from finishing eighth in her age group classification over the series.

Similarly injury and illness beset Tony Marlow and Albert Sunter on race day but this did not stop them finishing 15th and 20th overall respectively in their age category. Racing as a team, Michele and Abigail Sunter finished 12th on Sunday but as individuals finished 17th and 23rd in their respective final age-group standings.

More benign conditions faced Jocelyn Chadderton and Mark Checkley at the annual David Staff Memorial fell race in Darwen.

Starting and finishing in Sunnyhurst Wood, the 6k race visited Darwen Jubilee Tower with an ascent if 305m.

Chadderton completed the race in 43mins 28secs to finish fifth woman overall and second in her age-group category, while Checkley turned in a time of 44:00.

At Haigh Hall parkrun, Lostock AC's Gareth Pratt ran 22:44.