AFTER a hiatus of four years the popular Burn Valley Half Marathon was resurrected, with Otley AC well represented.

Howard Jeffrey, Chris Brunold, Hannah Lupton and Sara Richard were all in action for the club at the event run by Ripon Runners.

The race starts in a narrow side street just off the market square and heads out of Masham through the grounds of Swinton Castle. Then it continues up to Leeds Pals war memorial before turning round and heading back to Masham via Healey and Fearby.

On a blazing hot day, Ripon Runners had water stations perfectly placed every two miles, while a lady in one of the villages had her hose pipe out for the runners and the support from marshals and locals all the way round was great.

Chip times for Otley AC runners; Howard Jeffrey (1:48:12) and second M60; Chris Brunold (2:04:35); Hannah Lupton (2:14:54); Sara Richard (2:15:41).

Elsewhere, Tom Lynch headed over to Ireland with Liam Dunne and Dean Clark for the IMRA Croagh Patrick race, which this year was an Irish and Connacht championship counting race.

The race is approximately 7.5km and has roughly 850m of climbing. It follows a well marked but very rocky pilgrim track to the summit, and then the route goes over the top and down the other side on a less well trodden route.

The top third of the ascent/descent is barren and covered in very difficult 'blocky' scree with Dunne finishing with a badly swollen/bruised foot as a result.

The winner of the race was Jason Kehoe (Crusaders AC) in 52:58 and first woman was Deirdre Galvin (U/A) in 1:10:56.

Lynch finished 10th in 59:47, followed by Dunne (11th in 1:01:19) and Clark (15th in 1:07:48).

Closer to home, Ian Broadbent ran the Canal Canter 10K from Kirkstall along the canal in to Leeds city centre and back again.

He finished sixth in 46:34 and first V45 in a small field of only 29 runners. The race was won by Peter Hopson from Saltaire in 34:52.