Horwich Harriers’ run of success continued when Julian Goudge built on a second place in the final race of the Astley Park trail series with completion of the renowned Bob Graham Round inside 24 hours.

Goudge’s finish at Astley Park gave him second place overall in the three-race series as well as the M50 category victory.

But it was the Bob Graham event in the Lake District - the blue riband of endurance fell running in England - that gave him most satisfaction.

Entrants effectively compete against themselves in trying to finish the 66 miles scenic route over 42 fells, with more than 27,000 feet of ascent, within 24 hours and Goudge did it with eight minutes to spare.

Closer to home on Darwen Moor at Tockholes it was the Don Ashton Memorial race, where Matt Fawthrop was the first Harrier home in ninth place.

Mark Walsh was 19th and third M50, Paul Boardman was 50th and fourth M60 and Tony Hesketh was 93rd and second M70.

Back at Astley Park, the trail race also produced a winner for the Harriers with Ste Williams taking second place in the M60 category and this was enough to give him the series M60 first prize.

Gordon Stone was the only other senior Harrier this year to gain a series result.

Astley Park also has a competitive junior race and there were age-group wins on the night for Lucas Collings (M16), Isobelle Wilkinson (F13), Gabriella Collings (F12), Millie Rawlinson (F8), and Charlotte Wilkinson (F15). In the series’ junior open category, Lois Bowl had the highest Harriers’ finish of third.

The juniors have also had a busy time on track and field. First, on Friday, the Harriers took 27 young athletes to the Wigan Primary League at Robin Park, giving a lot of the newer members a first opportunity to sample the track and field environment.

Then, on Sunday, it was the Northern League in which Horwich fields a joint team with Chorley, who are team-mates that share the track space with each other at Bolton Arena.

This inter-club teamwork was evident on Sunday with wins for the joint team in the men’s 4x100m relay, the women’s 4x100m and 4x400m relays.

It was the second time in two weeks Horwich has hosted a championship event at Witton Park in Blackburn and this time, with Chorley, they finished second behind East Cheshire Harriers and Tameside AC and ahead of four other clubs.

Elsewhere, the Yates brothers have been tackling the varied terrain of the races in the Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix and this week it was at Towneley Park in Burnley where, in the under-13s race, Harry achieved his third first place of the series and in the u9s’ race Louis was second.

At parkrun, Isaac Battye was at Haigh Woodland where he set a new personal-best time of 16mins 43secs in being first home, with an age-graded result of 81.95 per cent.

Richard Pollitt was second home at Belfast Victoria in 16:50, but achieved a higher age-graded result of 84.26 per cent.

Ste Williams, fresh from his Astley Park performance, was 10th at Pennington Flash with an age-graded result of 79.83 per cent.

Grace Freary was first home at the Leigh junior parkrun in a new PB of 8:12.