WITH the first heavy snow of winter blanketing northern England and leading to the cancellation of many races, including Haigh Hall parkrun, the first scheduled race of the Lostock AC road and trail championship, numerous Lostockers headed to Rivington for their first experience of orienteering at South East Lancashire Orienteering Club's Saturday league event.

Kathryn McDonald, Donna Kelsall and Chris and Karen Taylor used the daytime races to compete with their young families and inspire the next generation of runners and orienteers.

Rachel Hancock used the event to ease herself back into running after a month away from competitive racing, while road captain Stuart Hatton and wife Emma also had their first foray into orienteering.

Chris Taylor, along with Mark Sammon, were back that evening for the 5.1k night race, with Taylor finishing an impressive fifth on his night orienteering debut and Sammon getting a podium finish in third place.

Lostock will be hoping for more inclement weather this weekend when they do a parkrun 'takeover' at Bolton to promote the Lostock 6 road race on February 23.

The Lostock 6 is one of the longest established road races in the North West, attracting runners of all experiences and abilities.

For anyone interested in competing, the race has its own Facebook page and details can also be found on the Lostock AC website and Facebook page.