LISA Carter was honoured at a Christie awards evening after raising nearly £2,000 in memory of former Radcliffe AC head coach Eileen Royle.

She ran the hottest London Marathon on record in April – followed by the 23-mile Three Peaks fell race just six days later – in aid of the world-famous cancer hospital where Royle was treated.

Royle was a member of the club for almost 30 years and was an inspiration to fellow runners. She lost her fight to cancer in 2017 aged 69.

Carter received an 'I did it for The Christie' pin badge at a ‘thank you’ event for people who have raised money for The Christie NHS Foundation Trust through sporting challenges.

She said: “I won the club ballot for a London Marathon place and decided it was a fitting tribute to Eileen to raise money for The Christie.

“I was overwhelmed by the response of friends' generosity in their sponsorships and donations. Eileen would hopefully have been proud."

The presentation evening highlighted the achievements of fundraisers and gave an insight into the work done by The Christie and how the money has been spent.

Carter added: “So many people have been affected by cancer themselves or their family and friends.

"The Christie is a great cause which needs all our support.”

On the racing front, 10 members represented the club in Todmorden at the final fixture of the Red Rose Cross Country League.

In muddy conditions, Neal Emmerson finished 19th in the men’s race to claim 13th place overall in the four-race series.

Chris Whittaker was 47th at Todmorden and John Wrigley 48th.

Carter was 66th in the ladies' race and Karen Doherty finished 106th, while Lachlan Burke was 14th in the under-17s men.

Sam Howard, Arthur Howard and Christian Cullen were the 11th team in the u11s boys and Fleur Carter ran in the u11s girls.

Donna Cartwright did not race at Todmorden but finished the series joint second vet-40.

Paul Barrington and Kris Booth both ran personal-best times of 1hr 39mins 36 secs to finish 40th and 41st respectively in the Oulton Park Half Marathon at the famous motor racing circuit in Cheshire.

At a rainy Myerscough 10-Mile Road Race in Garstang, Steve Hamer was fourth vet-60 in 1:18:54.

Closer to home, Kirsten Cook donned fancy dress to claim second vet-55 in the Manchester Christmas Pudding Five Mile Dash, clocking 45:08. Iain Harris also dressed up and was third vet-65 in 57:14.

Junior Olivia Whittaker made it a perfect 10 when she celebrated her 10th Heaton parkrun with an amazing 10th PB on the trot, crossing the line in 28:10.