Simon Townsend was the lone Chorley AC runner to join 139 other hardy runners for the annual David Staff Fell Race over the moors of Darwen.

He finished the 5.1m, 1200ft icy wind blasted course in 41st place with a time of 42:32, just 10 secs outside his personal best.

Other AC athletes Steven Wilde and Phil McCullagh braved the arctic conditions to shiver their ageing bones around the frozen lanes of Salwick for the Wesham 10k on Saturday November 27 Steven clocked 50:46 and Phil 51:02 Runaholic Phil then headed off to Liverpool to take part in the Sefton Park cross country meeting.

Rossendale's Marl Pits lived up to its standard of copious mud for the Red Rose XC fixture ensuring that most of the seniors had a tumble or slip somewhere.

The juniors started Chorley AC in a fine way with Luke Hunter, Scott Gouldthorpe, Ben Green and Dominic Gouldthorpe taking 8th team position in the U11s followed by a solid run from Emily Hunter in the girls U11. Fergus Tallon ran a much better race to finish 4th U15 with U17's Luke Betts, Joe Ellison, Adam Sciacca and Bolu Olufon all going well to be the 2nd team behind locals Rossendale.

The seniors had Paul Wareing out front from Simon Townsend on his favourite course followed by Dave Taylor and Vet 50 Dave Kershaw still bothered by his hamstring. Vet 60 Henry Minorczyk gained revenge over fellow veteran Barry Chester with Phil McCullagh and Mike Coppin being the rear guard.

Chorley AC were 11th in the senior team, 8th Vets team and 3rd Vet 60 team.

Best individual places were Luke and Fergus both in 4th with Mike Coppin 2nd in Vet 65 .

Vet 70 John Swift is now back on his programme of long distance events starting with a struggle at the Snowdonia marathon then an even worse outing at the 17 mile Tour of Pendle fell race finishing in 309th(5:09:20), but back to a better performance of 245th(80:54) in the Preston 10.

He was 3rd in Vet 70 in each of the races.

This Saturday has the Red Rose XC at Leverhulme Park, Bolton after which is the CAC Xmas 'do' at the Dog and Partridge, Charnock Richard.

Chorley AC's 30th Anniversary Challenge, of around 3.5miles, is a family/group event mixture of orienteering, treasure hunt, walking and running at White Coppice between 10am and 11am on Sunday December 12.

Then back to the final pre Xmas XC at Blackburn on December 18.