Leven Valley AC have achieved a lot in their short history and the Ulverston club have recently signed up their 100th member.

Nine-year-old Finley Brown brought up the milestone and it is appropriate that it is a junior who has done so.

The club was formed in July 2016 as a means of getting children active and it has quickly grown into a successful and diverse outfit, with members’ ages ranging from six to 55 years old.

Levens Valley welfare and safeguarding officer said Kim Everett said: “We started off with about five members and after recently signing our 100th member, we moved up to 102 this week.

“We encourage our members to get involved in Parkruns and the little ones do the Junior Parkrun every weekend. This week, the best nine runners were all our runners.

“It was the kids who started training with us first, then the parents got involved and we’ve now got quite a good senior men’s team, who have all got friendly and go out running with each other.”

Levens specialise in cross-country and fell running, with chairman Tim Winder still competing in the latter category at the age of 55, and several junior members take part at regional level.

Winder’s daughter Olesia has even competed in English Schools competitions.

Sarah Corkill, who works for the club’s events team, said: “We encourage a variety of running during training, with Tuesdays focusing on track and endurance, Wednesdays are fell and take place at Hoad Hill or Birkrigg Common, and Thursdays are cross-country.”

It is in cross-country where Levens will take part in their next big competition with the British Athletic Cross Challenge taking place in Liverpool on November 24.

There were a couple of special guests at their training session at Furness Academy on Tuesday evening.

James Higgins has just completed the first week of 61 consecutive days of running 5km to raise money for Young Minds, while Dan Webber was there to raise awareness for Kick Off 4 Mental Health.