DAN McKeown added another victory to Ilkley Harriers' current run of success when he came home first out of 160 finishers in the Whixley 10k on Sunday.

Situated between Knaresborough and York, the route followed a kite-shaped loop of farmland and country lanes.

Heavy rain over the previous 24 hours meant the going was seriously testing, with a diversion or two in place to avoid puddles that had grown into mini lakes.

But McKeown took it all in his stride, moving to the front in the first half of the race and gradually extending his lead from that point onwards.

He clocked 36 minutes and 30 seconds, all the more impressive given the conditions - to win by just over a minute.

Also splashing through the mud on the same day were the Harriers representing Ilkley at the second West Yorkshire Cross-Country League race at Nunroyd Park in Guiseley.

Dom Coy was a fine second in the men's race, while Beth Massey led home the ladies in 40th.

Sally Armitage continued her excellent form as she notched her latest personal best in the Accrington 10k.

On what was an undulating course, she came in as the fourth lady and 39th overall in a time of 41:47.

Nearly 7,000 runners took on one of the flattest and fastest 10k races around at the Leeds Abbey Dash. Plenty of Harriers were involved, and they were led home by Jack Cummings.

He crossed the line in a quick 32 minutes and 35 seconds but, underlining the quality of the elite runners, over 100 others finished in front of him.

Meanwhile, endurance was to the fore at the spectacular Snowdonia Marathon on Saturday.

The 2,000-plus finishers had to brave nearly every type of weather imaginable on the circuit around Snowdon. It was mainly on the road, starting and finishing in Llanberis and featuring three major ascents, with a total of 2,600 feet of climbing.

The sole Harriers representative this year was Petra Bijsterveld, who was running just two weeks after completing the Kielder Marathon.

Despite that - and the significant climbs - she again broke the five hours barrier, with a time of 4:54:16.

Also tackling challenging terrain were Mary Fairclough and Justin Ions, at the latest Lakeland Trails events.

Both did a 15k route on the lower slopes of Helvellyn on Saturday, and then 24 hours later Fairclough was 28th in the 14k Ullswater 'Challenge' and Ions was 63rd in the 'Race'.

The weekend also saw Ilkley's Tom Adams and Jack Wood - along with Calder Valley's Ben Mounsey - representing Team inov-8 in a stacked international field at the Trofeo Vanoni race in Italy.

It is a relay event through stunning scenery and the trio made it into the top 10, with a ninth-placed finish.

Plenty of Harriers were also to the fore in the various Parkrun events, despite the monsoon-like conditions at 9am on Saturday.

There was a welcome return from injury for Helen Thurston, who marked it in style by being the first lady (and fifth overall) at Fountains Abbey. Rachel Carter was also the first lady at Alnwick, while Catherine Gibbons was second at Skipton.

And at the latest Evensplits event at Leeds there were also some cracking 5k times. Nathan Edmondson stopped the clock in 15:35, while Mike Abrams-Cohen notched another new personal best in 18:28.