PICKERING Running Club member Matt Knight reached a proud personal milestone at the Leeds half-marathon.

One of the oldest major road races in the United Kingdom, the challenging route starts in the city centre, passes near the historic Kirkstall Abbey and finishes in Millennium Square.

Knight crossed the finish line in 1 hour and 56 minutes - not only his first sub-two-hour half-marathon but he knocked a massive 13.5 minutes off his previous personal best to attain it.

The club has extended its congratulations.

Meanwhile, Ben Myers and Simon Jones competed in a very different type of half-marathon, the Saltburn Half.

Being a Hardmoors event, there were some extra miles and plenty of hills to contend with.

The beautiful off-road route, which partly follows the scenic coastal path, is nearly 15 miles long, with 1,880 feet of elevation.

Both Jones and Myers put in stupendous performances, dominating the field throughout the race and displaying their expertise on the technical and often precipitous terrain.

Jones finished in 1.57, earning him trophies for second overall and first in category. Myers was hot on his heels completing the race in 1.58, bagging him the trophy for third place.

Lynn Humpleby and Mike Hetherton competed in the inaugural Newby Haul 10k.

Both said they thoroughly enjoyed the flat, mixed terrain course along the River Ure and through the beautiful grounds of Newby Hall near Ripon.

Hetherton’s endurance served him well, enabling him to overtake runners during the last mile of the race and he crossed the finish line in 51 minutes, placing him first in category.

Humpleby gave it her all but joked that dancing the night away prior to the race was not the best preparation.

Despite this, she was third in category, finishing in an impressive 54:51.