THREE Radcliffe AC runners battled horrendous weather when they notched up their latest ultras.

Head coach Ian Warrington completed the challenging Lakeland 100 in 31hrs 23mins 19secs, coming a superb 87th out of 265 finishers.

Michelle Hincks finished the Lakeland 50 in 13:51:46 and Sarah Oxley knocked nearly an hour off her time from last year to clock 18:24:31.

The popular events in the Lake District are among the greatest running challenges in Europe.

The 100-mile event has around 20,669 feet of climbing – double that of the 50-mile course.

It is the first time Warrington has completed 100 miles and he said: “It was the toughest event I have done and the bad weather caused wet feet and blistering for over 30 hours.

"But I got to see parts of the Lakes I had never visited before.

“The sleep deprivation was the worst part. By the finish I had been awake for 40 hours.”

Over the shorter distances, junior Olivia Whittaker had her first race win when she was first woman and 10th overall at Sunday’s Heaton Park 5k.

The 10-year-old, who has only been running for around 10 months, posted a superb personal best of 26:19.

There was another win on Sunday when Neal Emmerson led Radcliffe’s men to team victory at the Caldervale Summer 10 Miler in Lancashire.

He was fifth in 1:02:39 on the hilly course around country roads, while Robert Short was 10th in 1:03:32 and Chris Paxton finished 20th in 1:06:10.

Emmerson also demonstrated his sportsmanship, stopping to let the fourth-place finisher, who had earlier taken a wrong turn, cross the line ahead of him.

The race was part of the Central Lancashire Grand Prix which is contested by 10 local clubs.

Also running were Katie Percival, who clocked 1:20:18 in her second race in two days, while Peter Cook ran 1:25:02.

Other results: Mark Garner 1:36:30, Karen Doherty 1:42:57 (PB), Elaine Bailey 1:43:43, Andy Wheeler 1:51:13.

Percival doubled up at Saturday’s Turnslack Fell Race above Littlebrough, part of the Run the Moors Championship, finishing third woman in 1:26:57.

Lee Turner was first home for the club over the eight-mile course with 2,001 feet of climbing in 1:25:05, followed by Paul Swyers in 1:30:45.

Other results: David Rushton 1:30:47, John Andrew 1:35:18, Mark Wolfenden 1:52:50, Hayley Winder 2:27:37.

Andy Haines also took to the Lake District hills when he completed the 12.3-mile Kentmere Horseshoe Fell Race, which had  3,300 feet of climbing, in 2:19:00.

The Sale Sizzler lived up to its name when temperatures reached 29°C for the midweek 5k.

Robert Short was 67th in 18:13, Kris Lee ran 20:37 and Percival was in action again, clocking 21:44.

David Bartlett ran 51:11 at Pilling 10k near Preston, while Vince Ashton clocked 1:04:06 at a hot Media City 10k.