IN what proved to be the final weekend before the shutdown of the race season, a 10-strong Lostock AC team headed to the Yorkshire Dales and Haworth for the Haworth Hobble ultra marathon, a highlight of the fell and ultra race season.

Starting and finishing in the historic literary town of Haworth, the 32-mile race climbs through 4,400ft of ascent around the Yorkshire moors to Studley Pike and then onto Heptonstall and Crumsworth before a final descent back into Haworth.

Leading the way for the Lostock team was Josie Greenhalgh who enjoyed an epic battle for third and fourth-placed women, eventually being pipped into fourth place by 10 seconds in a time of 5:37:50 and second in age group.

Running as a pair, next home were Albert Sunter and Toney Donnelly in 6:16:09, followed by Mark Shuttleworth in 6:28:20 and Mark Sammon in 6:39:19.

Abigail Sunter turned in another strong time of 7:00:34 whilst Kerry Vardon, running in a pair with Mike Ernill, knocked 30 minutes off her 2019 time, clocking 7:09:39. Michele Sunter finished in 7:34:05 to finish fourth in age group.

The Two Crosses fell race saw Samantha Sale complete the 17-mile race in 3:28 with a special award for her dog Harper as first dog home.

The Bath Half Marathon saw personal bests for Anthony Maxwell (1:52:50) and Sheila Garewal (2:04:13).

Closer to home, Janet Rhodes made a confident debut in the multi sports format at the Parbold Duathlon, finishing sixth woman overall and third in age group in 2:06:31 with splits of 24:35 and 25: 35 for the two 5k runs and 1:11:56 for the undulating 27k bike ride.

In the final standings of the South Ribble Orienteering Club’s winter street league, Josie Greenhalgh was first pair with Darren Baker with Abigail and Albert Sunter third pair.