LOSTOCK AC's Mark Liptrot continued his excellent end-of-year form with a storming top-10 finish at the Dark Peaks trail marathon on Saturday.

Starting in the Peak District village of Langsett, the 27-mile race with 4,000 feet of climbing, visits some of the most scenic forest trails in the National Park into the Derwent Valley and along the shore of Derwent Water before a final climb and descent back to Langsett.

Liptrot finished in a time of 4hrs 10mins 22secs to finish eighth.

Albert Sunter was the next Lostocker home in a time of 4:48:28, with Josie Greenhalgh the sixth-placed woman in 5:10:39.

Tony Marlow finished in 5:18:06, Brian Halton and Mike Ernill in 5:25:39 and 5:25:40, respectively, and Adam Lowe clocked 5:44:35.

On the same day, Jordan Sunter and Kerry Varden completed the Dark Peaks trail 14-mile race in 2:54:40 and 3:05:47 respectively.

Away from the trails of the Peak District, Albert and Jordan Sunter took on the urban challenge of the Manchester and District Orienteering Club's winter league event at Altrincham, finishing a creditable 38th out of 84 finishers in the final handicap adjusted standings.

At Haigh Hall parkrun, Andy Laycock clocked 23:07, Gareth Pratt finished in 23:19 and Karen Taylor came home in 28:48.