PICKERING Running Club were among the teams competing in the gruelling 110-mile Cleveland Way Relay event.

Pickering placed 12th in the standings at a time of 19 hours and 13 minutes.

Over 300 runners took on the challenge, including Pickering’s Nick Cousins, who began the running from Filey at 5am.

Cousins held his own against some stiff competition from the likes of Scarborough and Loftus before reaching the seasoned veteran Mike Hetherton at Valley Bridge.

Next in line was Matt Knight, who recorded a personal best time for his section from Cloughton to Ravenscar.

Sally Vaughan had a brilliant run to Robin Hood’s Bay, where she handed over to David Stephenson, who made short work of the scenic coastal section to Whitby.

Serena Partridge and Karen Farmer-Scott then took up the baton and successfully navigated the tricky section to Skinningrove where they handed over to the speedy Simon Jones.

Mike Punchard made good use of his downhill running skills going into Slapewath, where he handed over to sisters Lizzy and Jennifer Wise.

The Wise siblings tackled the steep ascent to Roseberry Topping before handing over to mother Nicola Wise who took the baton up to Captain Cook’s Monument then on to Battersby Moor in a personal best time.

Husband Dean Wise then ran the notoriously windy Bloworth Crossing before arriving at Clay Bank.

No teams reached Clay Bank before the second mass start, from which Pickering’s Simon Tyrrell began rapidly before reaching Kate Towse and Jenny Storrie at Carlton Bank.

Keeping up the thereafter were Kelly Gaughan and Alison Hyde before Shirley Tyrrell sped along the final section to the Market Cross in Helmsley.