Lostock AC’s fell runners had a busy weekend of racing last week, completing two events over two days.

On Saturday, Mark Shuttleworth and Mark Checkley headed to Horton to compete in the Pen Y Ghent fell race, which got under way at 3pm - the warmest part of the day, making it a hot and difficult run.

The race started at Horton playing fields and headed around the village before starting the climb to Pen Y Ghent, covering seven miles and an immense 1,600-foot elevation gain.

Shuttleworth was the first across the finish line in 1hr 13mins 11secs, followed by Checkley in 1:46:43. It was Checkley’s birthday, and he was surprised with a prize and a rendition of ‘happy birthday’.

Not content with racing on Saturday, the following day the pair headed to Edenfield, near Ramsbottom, to compete in the Enfield Fell Race.

They were joined by fellow Lostocker, Rachel Hancock. Checkley described the race as a ‘roller coaster undulating romp across the Lancashire moors.’ The race covered 6.5 miles and an elevation gain of 1,375 feet.

Shuttleworth was first across the finish line in 1:09:29, followed by Hancock in 1:16:16, securing third place in her age category, and Checkley finished in 1:32:12.

Two Lostockers performed well at the Runthrough Media City race. The series runs across the summer months and participants can run either 5k or 10k.

As the name suggests the race consist of loops around Media City, Salford with 5k runners completing two loops and the 10k is four loops.

Rachel Stevens completed the 5k having a fantastic race, finishing in 26:25, and winning her age category. David Gregson completed the 10k, finishing in an impressive 51:08.

Last Saturday, Paul Edwards embarked on an epic challenge, completing the Ultra Loop, in Wythenshawe.

Participants have six hours to run around the track and complete as many laps as possible within the time. Edwards had a fantastic run, achieving ninth place, after covering 150 laps of the track - equalling 62k or 38.57 miles.

He described it as the ‘hardest running event’ he has ever done as he struggled with cramp following 28 miles and had to have some walking breaks. Although the race was repetitive, the other runners supported each other and provided encouragement.

Parkrun results: Bolton - Rachel Hancock 26:17 (first in age category); Fell Foot - Tony Maxwell 25:58 (third in age category), Karen Taylor 30:15 (third in age category), Sheila Garewal 30:25 (second in age category), Chris Taylor 36:23; Haigh - Andy Laycock 23:53, Chris Baker 24:32; Highbury Fields - Rachel Stevens 26:59; Pennington Flash - Ian Burns 29:34; Preston - Beverley Atherton-McKenna 27:39 (second in age category), Lynda Hardman 29:09 (third in age category).