Lostock AC held its annual award ceremony with members’ achievements in the past 12 months celebrated.

The first awards were presented for cross country with captain James Jackson winning his age category and other awards presented to Paul Edwards, Andy Laycock, Markus Checkley, Heather Soden and Gillian Caldwell.

Next up was the multi-sport championship as captain Rachel Hancock not only presented the awards, but also won one for ladies’ sprint triathlon.

Other winners included Janet Rhodes (ladies duathlon), Mark Checkley (men’s sprint triathlon), Andy Laycock (men’s Olympic distance triathlon), Mary White (women’s Olympic distance triathlon) and Nikki Morrison, who won the award for the long-distance quadrathlon.

The fell captains not only presented the trophies, but also won the majority of them. Ladies’ captain, Josie Greenhalgh, won the trophy for overall ladies’ championship, ladies’ midweek championship, female V50 and the female Lakeland Championship, while male captain, Mark Shuttleworth won the trophy for overall male championship, male midweek championship, male V50 and the male Lakeland Championship. Robert Sharkey won the award for V40.

The awards for the road championships were awarded to Kate Rotherham (FV35), Johanna McManus (FV40), Janet Rhodes (FV50), Sheila Garewal (FV60), Paul Edwards (MS), David Perry (V40), Gareth Pratt (V50) and Tony Maxwell (V60), while midweek winners were Gareth Pratt and Johanna McManus.

The award of the evening, was presented to Pratt for all the hard work he has completed for the club over the previous 12 months.

Following the awards, Lostockers had a very busy weekend out racing.

Last Saturday, Janet Rhodes, Greg Kilshaw and Sally McCoy headed to the Haworth Hobble Ultra - a tough race covering 31.7 miles and an elevation gain of 4,396 feet.

The race starts at Haworth Primary School and traverses gritstone moors around Haworth, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge. Competitors must use their navigational skills and this is a tough race testing the endurance and strength of anyone taking part.

Rhodes was the first Lostocker to complete the gruelling course in 7hrs 6mins 40secs, followed by Kilshaw in 7:22:28 and McCoy returning from injury in 7:59:11.

Tony Marlow completed the Black Combe fell Race in the Lakes. The race covers eight miles and 3,800 feet of elevation gain. Marlow finished the race in 1:54:00 but was not presented with a medal at the end of the race; he was, however, rewarded with a pie and unlimited cups of tea.

Sunday saw six Lostockers compete in the 2UP FireFighters Duathlon which sees participants cycle and run around Rivington. Participants complete a four-mile trail run, a 25-mile hilly bike ride, followed by a further four-mile run. Solo entrant Andy Laycock crossed the finish line first in 2:44:37 and next to finish was the duo of Paul Lacey and Melanie Crompton in 3:01:51, followed by Josie Greenhalgh and Rachel Hancock (3:04:57). David Wilkes completed the duathlon with his daughter Emily in an impressive 3:31:14.

Johanna McManus and Rachel Stevens headed to Lancaster to compete in the Mother’s Day 10k and the Trimpell 20. McManus completed the 10k, crossing the finish line as the third female in an impressive 48:29, while Stevens completed the Trimpell 20, a 20-mile race that follows the River Lune, in 3:37:30.

In parkrun news, Melanie Crompton was the first female at Bolton in 25:31. Ian Burns (31:12) also completed the run at the same venue.

Other results: Haigh Woodland Park - Chris Baker 24:22, Andy Laycock 25:04, Gareth Pratt 30:21; Watergrove Parkrun - Rachel Hancock 36:42.