LOSTOCK AC runners were on hand to show the spirit of Christmas and come to the aid of an injured runner at the club's annual Mince Pie Run.

The run, which traditionally starts at Rivington Great Hall barn before heading up to the Pike and Two Lads, turned to drama when competitors came across a badly-injured runner from the Santa Dash 5k race on exposed moorland just below Two Lads.

Club members used their own fell-running survival equipment to keep the runner and partner warm and comfortable, with firefighter Andy Laycock staying with the casualty until they were rescued by Bolton Mountain Rescue Team.

The injured runner was not Lostock's own Beverley Atherton-McKenna who finished the race in 1hr 1min 1sec for a top-10 age-group placing.

Away from the moorlands of Rivington, Mark Shuttleworth turned in a time of 21:55 at Worsley Woods parkrun, with Karen Taylor running 30:13 at Haigh Hall parkrun.

Lostock AC prides itself on being an inclusive, welcoming running club, so if your new year resolution is to get fit and get into running, details of how to get involved are on the club's Facebook page.