LOSTOCK'S Andy Morley was the first ever winner of the inaugural  Yorkshire Trod 50k ultramarathon.

Starting in the picturesque Dales village of Grassington and visiting Malham, Malham Yarn, Arncliffe, Buckden and Kettlewell, with 4,700 feet of ascent before returning to Grassington, Morley was able to draw on a successful season of fell and ultra running to establish an early lead he was never in danger of relinquishing to comfortably claim first place in 5hrs 15mins.

Further Lostock success came from triathlon member Mary White at the Bedford Autodrome Sprint Duathlon where her split times of 26:06, 46:33 and 14:52 for an overall time of 1:30:01 ensured first place in her age group and qualification to represent Great Britain at the 2020 European Sprint Duathlon championships.

The first South East Lancashire Cross Country League race of the season saw a 17-strong Lostock team head to Heaton Park, where surprisingly firm conditions under foot saw top-three age-group finishes for Josie Greenhalgh, Nikki Hamerton, Christine Smith and Gillian Caldwell.

Lostock results: Josie Greenhalgh 37:26, Nikki Hamerton 38:03, Melonie Crompton 38:32, Karen Taylor 46:03, Christine Smith 47:10, Kate Rotheram 59:24, Gillian Caldwell 50:29, Kath Johnson 58:01.

In the men's race, James Jackson was the first Lostocker home in 45:41, followed by Tony Marlow (47:32), Stuart Hatton (48:04), Mark Shuttleworth (48:27), Chris Taylor (50:17), Andy Laycock (54:42), Mark Checkley (55:38), Brian Halton (56:26) and Mike Berry (57:11).

Away from the UK, Rachel Hancock made a welcome return to competitive running in the Netherlands at the Amsterdam 8k with a pleasing time of 41:53.