THREE Radcliffe AC runners completed four races in four days when they took part in the Tour of Tameside.

Mark Garner, Sharon Peterkin and Karen Doherty ran the X Trail 10k on Thursday and the six-mile Hell on the Fell race the following evening.

The challenge also included the Hero Half Marathon on Saturday and Sunday’s Dr Ron Hyde 7-Mile road race, named after the legendary marathon runner who founded the original tour.

Garner clocked 47mins 33secs for the trail 10k, 52:47 on the fell, 1:47:19 in the half-marathon and he finished with 55:35 on the road. He was 19th Vet-45 and 114th over the 32.2 miles.

Doherty ran 1:02:33, 1:12:01, 2:28:13 and 1:12:56 respectively in the four events, while Peterkin clocked 1:10:07, 1:27:03; 2:58:23 and 1:20:39. Peterkin also did a one-mile fun run in memory of murdered PC Nicola Hughes before the half-marathon.

All three received medals for each race and a commemorative T-shirt and pint glass.

The club had nine runners at the midweek Two Towers Fell Race where, in slippery conditions, Lisa Carter was first Vet-40 in 53:40 and Kathryn Davies won the Vet-50 age group in 57:19.

Dave McGrath was sixth overall and second Vet-40 in the four-mile event with its 1,312 feet of climbing on the local moors above Holcombe.

He finished in 37:10 and also running were John Wrigley, who finished in 40:54, Andy Haines (43:32), Lachlan Burke, who was third under-17 in 45:06, John Andrew (50:12), Kristian Lee (52:58) and Mark Wolfenden (1:04:38).

There was more success for the women in the Two Lads Fell Race which climbs 899 feet into the Pennines above Horwich.

Katie Percival was fifth woman home on the 5.2-mile course in 42:45 and Carter was third Vet-45 in 53:41.

The good results continued for Amanda Hey at the Freckleton Half Marathon near Preston, the oldest half in the UK.

She ran 2:01:21 to claim fourth Vet-55.

Dave Bartlett ran the second race of the Pilling 10k Series in Preston in 49:45, knocking around four minutes off his time in the first race which took place in May.

Elaine Bailey clocked 57:47 to finish sixth Vet-60 at the Port Sunlight 10k in Merseyside, while Andy Wheeler ran 1:19:36 at the hilly Ice Cream 10k in Bolton which included a stream crossing.

He earned himself an ice cream and an ice-cream themed medal.