Baildon’s Quentin Lewis is in the form of his life, finishing second at the Kirkstall Valley trail-race on Sunday behind Fergus Meade of Aldershot, Farnham & District, who was returning after four months away.

Meade finished in 40min 29sec, with Lewis in 41min 47sec.

Kirkstall Harriers’ autumn event is now an off-road race, taking in woodland paths, some road, and towpath on a 7.25-mile run from the abbey.

Lewis maintained a 200-yard gap over Jon Holah (Pudsey & Bramley) and Duncan Clarke (Abbey Runners), who had a close battle for third with Clarke prevailing.

James Clark (Pudsey Pacers) was impressive in sixth (42min 51sec), ahead of team-mates Rob Samuel (10th in 45:33) and Jim Wheldon, retaining his M55 title (17th in 48:18).

Otley’s Karen Best was second woman home (50min 39sec), ahead of Keighley & Craven’s Liz Tomes (51:49).

Damian Pearson (Baildon) performed well (53min 35sec), considering he only started running in January.

Many locals ran half-marathons this weekend.

Pride of place went to Chris Jones (Airedale Athletics), a newcomer, who was fourth M50 in the scenic, but gruelling, Great Langdale half-marathon on Sunday.

Billed as the country’s toughest, his time of exactly 98min placed him 41st of the 373 finishers.

Another group of newcomers, training under Airedale auspices from Undercliffe, ran the televised Great North Run together with groups from most local clubs.

Sam Hellewell (St Bede’s) finished in 1hr 42min 47sec in her first half-marathon, just ahead of Saj Chaudhury in 1:43:36. Helen Thorpe ran 2:46:58 and many others who started running in the Bradford 10k also took part.

On the fells, Wharfedale Harriers’ Ted Mason was seventh and Pudsey & Bramley’s Danny Hope eighth in Saturday’s Three Shires.

The same day, Baildon’s Steve Watkins was eighth (1:59:32) in the Good Shepherd over Stoodley Pike, involving 14 miles and 2000ft of climbs from Mytholmroyd.

Pudsey Pacers’ men (Russell Stead, Nigel Craven and Neil Read) were third team behind Todmorden and Calder Valley.