LOSTOCK AC's Adam Lowe became one of a select group of runners to complete all five marathons of the Hell of a Hill trail marathon at Rivington last weekend.

Starting in Heath Charnock and heading to Rivington where runners have to climb Rivington Pike five times before returning to Heath Charnock, each individual marathon has more than 4,000 feet of climbing with runners who do all five marathons climbing more than 20,000 feet over the five days.

Lowe finished the day-one marathon in 5hrs 29mins 39secs and day two in 5:29:51 before getting progressively quicker over the remaining three days with times of 5:17:23, 5:10:44 and 5:02:21 on the fifth and final day, assuring his place in the Hell of a Hill Hall of Fame. Two Lostockers, Donna Kelsall and Samantha Sale, also chose Hell of a Hill as their first marathons, with Kelsall turning in a time of 5:44:30 on day three, and Sale posting 5:05:18 on day five.

Lowe was joined by Gareth Pratt and Paul Lacey on day four with times of 4:33:01 and 5:25:51 respectively, and also by Melonie Crompton on day five with a time of 5:19:24.

Also heading for the fells was a five-strong Lostock team of Chris Taylor, Mark Shuttleworth, Josie Greenhalgh, Mike Ernill and Kerry Varden at the Tour of Pendle fell race, which also takes in a multi-lap format over its 17 miles and 4,800 feet of ascent, including the legendary descent affectionately known as Geronimo.

Taylor and Shuttleworth set the early pace for the Lostockers, with finishing times of 3:33:00 and 3:34:00 respectively, closely followed by Greenhalgh in 3:38:00, and by Ernill and Vardon, running as a pair and finishing in 4:35:00.

The last Lostock AC road championship race of 2019 saw another five members head to the Preston 10-mile road race.

Hazel Hatfield was first home for Lostock in 1:17:46, closely chased by Kimberley Couper-Weng in 1:18:00.

Anthony Maxwell came home in 1:20:22 followed by Claire Shewbridge (1:21:25) and Jennifer Donnellan (1:27:56), with Hatfield, Couper-Weng and Shewbridge all achieving top-10 age-group finishes.

The 13 Arches trail half marathon saw another strong showing from Andrew Morley, who finished seventh overall and second in his age group with a time of 1:23:24.