BURNDEN’S Alec Cottrill completed a double mountain marathon at the weekend in an iconic event which saw half the field fail to finish.

Cottrill took on the fells and hills of Langdale in the Lake District for the 50th staging of the Original Mountain Marathon.

Sunday’s conditions were a lot more favourable than Saturday’s as runners – competing in pairs – had to navigate across the fells, checking in to 27 points along the route.

Cottrill put in a great effort with partner Stephen Pearson from Horwich RMI to complete the first marathon in 5hrs 1min 37secs, then went on to follow it up 24 hours later with a super time of 3:05:49 on the Sunday.

Four members ran the Snowdonia Marathon, with Marcus Taylor leading the quartet home in a time of 3:41:59.

Mark Kenny was next in 5:48:16, while Maria Parkinson and Trevor Fishwick crossed the line together in 5:50:20.

Paul and Brenda Sedgwick travelled to Delamere Forest to take part in the first race of the Petzl Night Run Series, a 10k trail run which presents many challenges in the dark.

Both took first place in their age groups, Brenda first F70 in 1:27:07 and husband Paul first M70 in 1:28:13.

Neil Critchley preferred the daylight and a visit to Accrington for the town’s 10k event, covering the course in 52:40.

Lucille Corrigan and David Morrison took on the 4-Mile Trick or Treat Trail Run – a spooky and hilly event starting and finishing in Barrow Bridge.

Corrigan was first home in 36:32, while Morrison was not far behind in 40:33.