THE Ron Hill Accrington 10k road race attracted nearly 400 runners with East Lancashire clubs out in force.

However it was Luc Burnip from Huddersfield-based Stadium Runners who took the honours with an impressive time of 34 minutes 19 seconds.

Ben Costello of Blackburn Harriers was first of the local contingent as he crossed the line in second place in 34.48.

The top three was completed by visiting Kent AC runner Peter Lighting (35.16).

Ben Walmsley of Ribble Valley Harriers was fourth in 35.39 - and first M35 - while Jamie Teare was the second Blackburn Harrier home in fifth place (35.45) to take the M23 award.

David Birtwistle was the first of three age group winners for Blackburn Road Runners, taking the M40 prize in sixth place overall in 36.34.

Madeline Haworth was W65 winner in 227th place (1.00.04) and Norma Smith took the W70 prize (1.00.16).

A total of 11 Road Runners took part including: 28th Scott Slater (42.12); 67 Trevor Jowett (46.00); 123 Karen Rishton (50.44); 147 Jonty Taylor (52.54); 155 Maxine Morton (53.17); 205 Sandra Shape (57.26); 215 Mark Lougheed (58.20); 227 Madeline Haworth (1.00.04); 310 Ian Goodliffe (1.07.59).

Nicholas Hennessey was first Clayton-le-Moors Harrier to cross the line in seventh place in a time of 36.30 while Trawden’s Adam Holda was 10th in 38.48.

Clayton featured heavily in the top 20, with Toby Campbell 13th in 39.39, Jonny Hall 14th in 39.59 while Scott Cunliffe was 15th overall in 40.15, and also first M45.

Jonathan English was the first Rossendale Harrier home in 16th place, clocking 40.22, just ahead of Michael Hilton of Rossendale Triathlon Club (40.36).

With the race held in Hyndburn it was fitting that team awards went to clubs from inside the borough. Baxenden Running Bugs took the ladies prize thanks to Janette Wallis who was 122th in 50.30, Gemma Hartley in 124th in 50.42 and Helen Fisher in 199th in 56.54. Wallis was also first W55.

The Bugs had eight runners, with Gavin Westwood first club member home in 120th place overall in 50.16.

The men’s award went to Clayton-le-Moors thanks to the top 20 finishes from Hennessey, Campbell and Hall.

Other notable results saw Laura Hudson of Accrington Road Runners take the W45 prize, finishing in 78th overall in 47.00.