BEN Mounsey (Calder Valley) and Tom Adams (Ilkley) fought for fifth place in the BRITISH MOUNTAIN RUNNING TRIALS at Whinlatter Forest near Keswick.

Mounsey's strong final lap gave him a two-second gap at the finish over his Yorkshire rival (52min 8sec).

Andrew Douglas, from Inverclyde, had over a minute in hand (50:24) over Andrew Davies from Mercia, with Cumbrian Ricky Lightfoot third in this 'up-and-down' competition.

Many of the European and world championships are simply 'up', unlike traditional fell-running in Britain.

Georgia Malir was tenth in the women's race behind Norwegian-based Rebecca Hilland.

Teams will now be selected for the European Championships at Arca in Italy on Saturday, July 2.

* The ILKLEY TRAIL RACE benefited from ideal conditions: not too hot but dry underfoot.

Adams, from the organising club, won in a new course record of 38min 44sec.

The 6.9-mile out-and-back route takes runners up onto the moors north of Ilkley but that allows a fast descent past Middleton on the return.

The 309 finishers all helped support a children's centre in Uganda, which Ilkley Harriers have been sponsoring for several years.

Saltaire's Hannah Oldroyd won the women's shield, finishing 18th in 45:55.

* More remarkably, two days earlier she had won the KENT ROADRUNNER MARATHON in 3hr 0min 45sec in seventh place overall.

Sue Gregson (Eccleshill) and Rachel Parker (Saltaire) also proudly flew the White Rose flag on an unusual course outside Gravesend.

The 1.29-mile cycling course is on private land, gently undulating, but it does mean doing 20 laps for a full marathon.

* The MELMERBY 10K near Ripon drew 290 competitors.

Tristan Learoyd, from New Marske Harriers, won in 32min 53sec but Saltaire's Graham Corbett will be delighted with ninth place and a 40-second personal best in 35:52. Team-mate Matthew Richardson was close behind in 15th (36:44).

* No fewer than 68 Bradfordians, including many from Eccleshill Road Runners, took part in the ROCK 'N' ROLL LIVERPOOL races over marathon, half-marathon and 5K distances.

All started and finished by Albert Dock, with the longer races taking in Sefton Park and finishing along the Mersey riverbank.