IN the late summer sun, on the longest day of the year, the Airecentre Pacers sent a team to take on the challenge of the Solstice Saunter, a circular route of five miles that starts from the Cavendish Pavilion at Bolton Abbey and runs a clockwise loop up through Strid Wood to Barden Bridge, then back along the road to the finish line at Cavendish Pavilion.

Andy Gledhill was the first Pacer home in a time of 47 minutes and 10 seconds. He was joined by Louise Holloway Colthart in 47.28, Sheila Rosalind Thomas in 51.07, Simon Walker in 50.12, Megan Dennison in 50.55, 56.23, Amanda Connor in 57.05 and Susan Dennison in 59.41.

Pacers also supported the Harrogate District Summer League with a 24-strong team for the Guiseley / Yeadon race, which took in the cycle greenway and Springs Wood and was attended by over 300 people in total.

Runners were: Andrew Humphries (33.24), Peter Branney (35.42), Richard Walker (38.04), Owen Gwilym (41.16), William Woodhead (43.00), Paul Grindley (43.11), Simon Molyneux (43.33), Kate Macfarlane (43.47), Robert Dawrant (44.42), Francesca Gatenby (46.00), Graham Turner (46.22), Sally Haigh (47.22), Nicholas Leathley (47.53), Debbie Bland (50.16), Faye Cameron (51.36), Margaret Britton (52.22), Helen Alcock (54.31), Rhona Neilson (57.03), Megan Dennison (57.44), Carole Keighley (57.58), Jill Howard (58.37), Dorothy Darnbrough (59.06), Amanda Connor (1:00.00), Ruth Murphy (1:00.30).

And finally, Debbie Bland completed the 11-mile Bury 'Race the Train' event and was the first over 65 woman with a time of one hour and 37 minutes.