JOE Sagar of Spenborough AC led the way home as the West Yorkshire Five-Miler attracted a record registration of 290 runners.

Substantial funds were raised for the Firefighters Fund, with the race starting off as an inter-brigade event and still centred at the Birkenshaw county fire and rescue headquarters.

Sagar doubled up his victory in the spring Bradford 10K with a substantial victory over clubmate Tom Dart in Sunday's race.

His winning time of 27min 3sec was impressive over this classic but little run distance, since the course has a one-mile climb at the start, a rapid drop through Hunsworth and a stiff climb up Whitehall Road to finish.

It was the 18th fastest five-miler for an under-23 athlete in the UK this year. What's more, Sagar had won the Lister Park parkrun the previous day in 16min 44sec.

Frank Beresford of Otley marked his first race since the Chevin Chase with fourth place in 29:32.

Lee Kaznowski (Baildon Runners) is also making good progress, having only taken up competitive running barely a year ago.

His 30:24 at Birkenshaw placed him ninth, just ahead of Queensbury runner Martin Firth who was first over-50 in the race.

Johanna Winks (Halifax) beat Helen Wright (Keighley & Craven) and Charlotte Wills (Leeds City) in a competitive women's race.

Winks' time of 31:52 is the latest in a breakthrough year, starting last May in the John Carr race at Esholt.

Host club chairman Chris Hainsworth (Bradford Airedale AC) said: "We had a record number of runners and many good comments from competitors saying they will be back next year."

Long-time event organiser Dave Teggart, from the fire service, called it "all in all a good day" and is already planning to increase capacity for the event next year.