A NINE-STRONG group of Lostock AC members headed to Rivington on Saturday for the 43rd Anglezarke Amble, a 17 or 24-mile run or walk around the West Pennine Moors.

The course goes through Rivington, Winter Hill, Turton and Entwhistle reservoir and then out to Darwen Moor and tower before a return through White Coppice.

The weather conditions were ideal, coming the day before Storm Ciara, with Lostockers Josie Greenhalgh and David Colgan taking advantage to turn in times of 2hrs 49mins for Greenhalgh in the 17-mile event and 4:12 for Colgan in the long route, securing him a top-10 finish.

Tony Marlow also secured a top-10 finish in the long route, coming in six minutes after Colgan. Joining Greenhalgh on the 17-mile course were Michele Sunter (3:26), and Cathy Stratton and James Jackson (both 3:50). The 24-mile race saw Mark Sammon come home in 5:15 and Mike Ernill and Kerry Varden both clock 5:19.

The benign weather was also enjoyed by Mark Checkley and Donna Kelsall, pictured above, in Littleborough at the Windy Hill fell race.

Continuing his comeback from injury, Checkley turned in a time of 1:42:56 over the 14.5 km and 390m of ascent that takes in the Old Roman Road at Blackstone Edge to Windy Hill and return to Hollingworth Lake, while Kelsall turned in a equally good time of 1:34:23 to finish 10th in age group.

Back in Bolton Lostock AC turned out in force for a parkrun ‘take over’ at Leverhulme Park to promote the forthcoming Lostock 6 road race. In addition to the marshals and stewards Stuart Hatton turned in another quick time of 22:09, followed by a pb for Ben Tyrer of 25:53 with Ian Burns coming home in 28:34 and Emma Hatton in 32:56.