KESWICK'S Mark Lamb won the third race in the Kong Adventure series at Clough Head, near Threlkeld, on Saturday.

Bingley AC’s Victoria Wilkinson, a five-time English championship winner, triumphed in the women’s race.

The 3.2-mile route takes an anti-clockwise loop from Threlkeld Quarry over Clough Head, with 1,740 feet of climbing.

Lamb repeated his 2018 English Championship victory over a similar course in a time of 31 minutes and 48 seconds. At the summit of Clough Head he was together with team-mate John Battrick and a battle ensued on the descent with only three seconds separating them at the finish.

Previous British Championship winner Rhys Findlay-Robinson of Dark Peak, and the ever-green Phil Davies of Borrowdale Fell Runners, were chasing the lead pair over the summit, but it was Sam Fisher of Howgill Harriers who stormed through the field to take third place in 33 minutes dead. John Helme (33-38) of Ambleside AC was first V40 in sixth place and Davies (33-59) first V50 in eighth.

In the women’s race Wilkinson continues to dominate across the various distances, taking first V40 woman honours as well as the open women’s win, in 35-57. Wilkinson finished 16th in a packed field of 182.

Helm Hill’s Sharon Taylor (36-35) was not far behind in second place, just holding off Sophie Noon (36-55) of CFR, Jean Powell (46-48), of Wharfedale, was first V50 and Katy Beaty (48-49), of CFR, was first V60.

The fourth race in the series, Stybarrow Dodd, takes place from Threlkeld Community Hall at 11am on Saturday February 2.