WITH Storm Dennis prompting the cancellation of numerous races over the weekend, Lostock AC’s Josie Greenhalgh, Tony Marlow and Albert Sunter headed to the northern Peak District and Dovestones Reservoir on Saddleworth Moor for the New Chew mountain marathon.

In conditions that tested competitors’ orienteering and mountain craft to the limits, Greenhalgh and partner Paul Taylor finished as first pair, 10th overall, in 4hrs 30mins, scoring 224 points to finish one place behind ultra running legend Nicki Spinks.

Sunter and Marlow drew on all their combined fell and ultra running experience to finish as third pair and 18th overall with 205 points in a field that attracted some of the best fell runners and orienteers in northern England.

Closer to home, Andy Ginty and Matt Withers headed to Tockholes, Darwen on Valentine’s Day for the annual running of the Mr Sparkles Dark Un night fell race.

Heading up on to the Pennine Moors and Darwen Tower for 8.1km and 214m of climbing, Ginty turned in a time of 50:55 to finish fifth in age group, while Withers, one place behind in 51:21, also secured a top-10 age-group finish.

In Parkrunning Ian Taylor continues to impress in all race formats and distances with a run of 20:39 at Worsley Woods, followed by Mark Shuttleworth in 21:38.

At Haigh Woodland Gareth Pratt clocked 22:47, Andy Laycock 24:52 and Ben Tyrer 24:57. Rachel Hancock ran a 26:10 in Bolton.