Chorley runners competed in the prestigious Ian Hodgson Fell relays on Sunday and achieved their best performance ever.

Starting and finishing in Patterdale in Cumbria, the race comprises of four legs, Patterdale to Hartsop, Hartsop to Kirkstone Pass, Kirkstone Pass to Brothers Water and Brothers Water to Patterdale, making a 25 mile circuit altogether.

Each leg was run by an enthusiastic and experience pair of runners in the clubs mixed team.

First leg saw the novice pairing of Nicola Raby and Sarah Parkinson, ensuring the team had a flying start and with Sarah running her first Lakeland Fell race they did particularly well, finishing in 49min 01 sec.

On the second leg two of the strongest Chorley runners, Dominic Raby and Adam Critchley, and they stormed round their demanding section finishing in 2hrs 8min 45secs.

Then it was the turn of Hassan Khattab and Dawn Atkins who took the direct gully route up Red Screes before the long descent to near Brothers Water in an excellent time, to bring the running total to 3hrs 16min 02secs.

Completing the final section were Darren Fishwick and Lynn Clough who ran superbly to finish to bring the teams total overall time to 4hrs 52min 05secs, a new club record, and achieving 2nd placed mixed team.

Organised by Club member Terry Dickenson on behalf of Heapey and Wheelton Village Hall, the Sweatshop Through the Villages' race takes place on Sunday, November 4 from the Dressers Arms,Wheelton.

The tough race takes in an 8.45 mile course over the toughest hills in the area. For forms and details, email tdickenson@tesco.net.