RADCLIFFE AC's Donna Cartwright was fifth out of 82 women at the South East Lancs Cross Country League race at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday.

In heavy muddy conditions she clocked 29mins 41secs and was also first vet-40.

Radcliffe took third place among the women's teams with Katie Percival 14th in 31:24 and Kate Holden fourth vet-40 and 32nd overall in 33:27 making up the team. Karen Doherty (V40) clocked 43:11.

Among the men, John Wrigley was 51st out of 144 runners in 42:42 on a longer course than the women's.

Other results were: Chris Paxton (65th in 44:18), Paul Swyers (V50 – 47:00), Kris Lee (V40 – 48:27), LeeTurner (V50 – 49: 19) and Ken Smith (V60 – 52:54).

Paxton did the double over the weekend when he joined Neal Emmerson in the Mytholmroyd Fell Race in treacherous conditions in West Yorkshire the following day.

Emmerson had a good run, coming 10th and covering the 6.2 miles and 1,348 feet of ascent in 59:37, with Paxton clocking 1:12:28. The two, who competed because it was a club championship race, faced bad visibility, deep snow on the tops and slippy descents.

Twelve had tackled the snow and lots of mud around Mytholmroyd the day before when they took part in The Hebden Challenge, organised by the Calderdale Group of the Long Distance Walkers Association.

Known for its great atmosphere, it is used by many as an early-season training event and entrants could walk or run a 15-mile or 22-mile course.

Ian Warrington and Fiona Lynch ran the 22-miler with Peter McNulty, having calf trouble, running more than 20 miles before retiring.

Lisa Carter, despite a sore throat,  ran the 15-mile event along with Mauro Rotondi, James Hall, Susanne Andrew, husband John and Sheila McNulty.

Sarah Rushton, husband Dave and Lucy Dewhurst walked the 15-miler.