IT was a record breaking weekend of sporting achievement as hundreds of runners from across the borough and beyond competed in a special memorial race.

Bathed in sunshine more than 280 runners finished the Terry Nortley 10 Mile Multi-Terrain Race, which takes in the trails, roads and paths around Ringley, raising hundreds of pounds for charity in the process.

The astonishing turnout was a record for the event.

Held annually the race is organised by Radcliffe Athletic Club, and is named after the club’s former president and popular coach Terry Nortley, who died in 2011.

In a fine show of sporting prowess Bury Athletic Club runners dominated the day's results, taking the men's and women's individual and team titles.

Putting in a fantastic performance Patrick Babb finished first in an impressive one hour and seven seconds.

He was swiftly followed by team mate Josh Birmingham who clocked in at one hour and 19 seconds, and Rochdale Harrier Christopher Merchant who finished third in one hour, one minute and 16 seconds.

In the women's race it was a clean sweep for a dominant Bury AC.

First place was taken by Hannah Price who crossed the line in a rapid one hour, 10 minutes and 56 seconds.

She was followed by Katie Geelan in one hour, 13 minutes and four seconds; and Elizabeth Cheshire who ran a one hour, 18 minutes and 37 seconds.

After the race prizes were presented at Cams Lane Primary School in Radcliffe, where a cake sale also raised £236 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Radcliffe AC chairman Chris Paxton said: “The race went very smoothly, partly due to the wonderful weather but mostly due to the hard work of the organising committee and all the marshals.

“The feedback has been really positive. It’s also really nice to see how much money we raised for charity due to the generosity of our wonderful runners.”

In January it was announced that Mr Nortley will be among 75 people whose names will be added to the Spirit of Sport monument at Middlebrook, Bolton, which honour's sporting heroes from the region.