MISTY conditions on the tops caused runners competing in Saturday's Duddon Fell Race all kinds of navigational problems with several straying off course.

But Dark Peak's Rhys Findlay-Robinson managed to successfully steer his way around the 18-mile (6,000ft of climbing) circuit to complete the route over Harter, Hardknott, Little Stand, Swirl How, Dow Crag, White Pike and Caw, in 2-59-15. Ambleside's Tom Simson was second and some way adrift in 3-13-53 with Clayton's Andy Laycock (3-14-28) in third.

Helm Hill's Josh Jardine (3-15-03) was first U23 in fourth while his team mate Pete Rigby (3-21-15) was fifth and followed over the line by the Ambleside pairing of John Helme (3-21-25) and Neil Talbot (3-22-20).

The first lady was Harrogate's Bryony Halcrow (3-55-59) ahead of Dark Peak's Majka Kunicka (4-00-34) and Carnethy's Angela Mudge (4-03-38), who was first FV40.

AMBLESIDE'S Matthew Elkington (14-17) stormed to a nine-second victory over Mercia's Simon Bailey (14-26) in Sunday's Coniston Gullies race which features a notoriously treacherous descent through rocks and scree. Helm Hill's Bianca Dyer (19-49) won the ladies' race with five seconds to spare over Pudsey & Bramley's Rachel Pilling.

In the junior races Helm Hill's Emmy Ranner (4-35) just pipped Isla Jebb (4-37) in the U9s race while team mate Jake Smith (4-28) was second in the boys' event.

The U12 race was won by Barlick's Jacob Reeday (5-21) with Ambleside's Rowan Ashworth (5-28) in second. Ambleside's Sophie Rylance was third girl in the U14 event and her team mate James Bowen was third in the U17 race which was won by Keighley & Craven's Eric Beaumont.

SEDBERGH'S Darren Kay, who runs for Calder Valley, won Saturday's Pen-y-Ghent race in 49-35 from Ribble Valley's Thomas Corrigan (50-17) and Wharfedale's Harry Coates (51-08). Ambleside's Scout Adkin (57-23) was first lady to complete the five-mile circuit in 23rd position overall.

SEDBERGH hosted the the fourth race in the 2019 FRA junior championship fell running series which involved ascents of the steep front face of Winder.

Helm Hill juniors excelled with a win in the U9 girls' category by Isla Jebb and second place in the U11s girls' was secured by her sister Millie Jebb.

Rowan Ashworth, of Ambleside AC, won the U13 boys' race and the team achieved a first and second place in the U15 boys' race through Charlie Almond and James Bowen. Sarah Smith, of Helm Hill, returned to running after having 13 stitches put in her right knee following a tumble during training. She placed sixth in the U15 girls' category.

Lewis Bowness, of Helm Hill, achieved fourth place in the U19 boys' race, which involved running up Arrant Haw after Winder, then running to the summit of Crook and back down. The winning U19 girl was Eve Panone, of Eden Runners.