Fiona Lynch conquered one of the world's most brutal endurance races – the 268-mile Spine Race along the entire length of the Pennine Way.

The superhuman Radcliffe AC athlete battled Storm Brendan, freezing temperatures, snow, strong winds and deep mud when she completed the Spine Race.

The epic challenge crosses some of the most beautiful and difficult terrain in England, including the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland National Park, Hadrian’s Wall and the Cheviots.

Lynch left Edale in the Peak District at 8am on January 12 and reached the finish line in Kirk Yetholm on the Scottish border at 3:50am on January 19.

The non-stop race attracts some of the world’s best ultra runners and Lynch ran with friend and Rossendale Harriers athlete David Ward.

Family, friends and clubmates followed the pair every step of the way on the Spine Race tracking app.

It’s the latest achievement for Lynch who has completed the iconic Bob Graham Round, a 66-mile route covering 42 Lake District peaks which has to be completed in 24 hours.

She has also run the legendary Dragon’s Back Race, a 196-mile route with more than 50,000 feet of ascent along the mountainous spine of Wales. And, showing her versatility, she was the winning woman at the 2019 Bury 10k.

Several members took part in the penultimate South East Lancashire Cross Country fixture, which was switched from Tandle Hill to Heaton Park because of deep mud.

Alex Pullan was fourth in the under-17 men’s race in 30:47.

In the ladies race, Katie Davies clocked 41:31; Louise Shield 42:33; Gail Champion 42:40; Karen Doherty 47:03 and Tracy Wroe 53:24.

Three took part in the men’s race with Mark Enright first home for the club in 50:27, while Nick Barnes ran 53:31 and Mark Wolfenden 55:03.