PICKERING Running Club's Darren Smith claimed a superb third-placed finish at the inaugural Hardwolds 40.

Smith was one of nine PRC members to take part in the race along the Wolds Way on June 26. With over 4,500 feet of elevation, the route passes through chalk landscapes, market towns and and the deserted village of Wharram Percy before descending into Malton via the Centenary Way from Settrington Beacon.

By the finish line, runners had clocked 48 miles - which Smith completed in an extraordinary time of seven hours and 38 minutes.

Simon Jones took the gruelling event in his stride, finishing in 9:01 and Bridget Houlston showed exemplary form to finish first PRC lady home and fourth lady overall in 9:04.

Looking strong and relaxed, Rachael Harper finished in 9:56 and Chris Adams in 10:02. Hot on his heels was experienced long-distance runner Alison Hyde, who finished in 10:06.

Karen Farmer-Scott completed the course in 10:07 despite it being over twice the distance of any race she had previously competed in.

Amanda Welburn-Smith, struggling with an ongoing foot injury did very well to finish in 12:17 while Matt Knight, finding the heat and high humidity difficult, finished in 13:13.

Martin Warwick made a valiant attempt but had to pull out after 27 miles through injury.

Meanwhile, Andrew Bates completed the Burton Agnes Hall 10k - a flat course on gravel paths and grass through scenic grounds - in a pleasing 48 minutes and 39 seconds.

Pulling on the green PRC vest for the first time in 16 months, Andy Harvey took on The Hooded Horse 10k trail race. On a tougher and hillier course than expected, skilful downhill runner Harvey finished one hour and two minutes, 35th overall.