The 29th running of the annual Sweatshop Through the Villages race took place in uncharacteristically sunny conditions, if not somewhat cold over the hills.

Former Salford Harrier and international Andi Jones, running unattached, devastated the field to record an almost four minutes advantage over Bolton's Anthony Valentine.

Andi's time of 44:17 was still well short of the course record of 42:47 set by Rich Archer in 1990.

He ensured that the second half of the race over the hills was run at a blistering pace to secure a memorable victory.

Horwich's Richard Howarth tracked the Bolton athlete to finish almost 45 seconds behind Valentine and five minutes adrift of Jones, which only emphasises the quality of the winning performance.

A large contingent from Todmorden Harriers ensured that Nick Barnes secured the encouragement for a fourth place finish.

As in the men's race Olivia Walwyn-Bush (City of Norwich AC) had a more emphatic lead of over seven minutes on the next placed athlete to record 50:56 and take seventh place overall.

As always team honours were hotly contested with Liverpool's Mossley Hill AC trio of Davies, Roberts and Harmsworth just pipping Swinton Running Club's team of Clark, Russell, Smith in the open men's race.

The organisers Heapey and Wheelton Village Hall would like to thank Sweatshop, Steve Turner (Dressers Arms),Tony Bolton Sports and John Schofield results service for their continued support.