HOLLIE Orr and Rebecca Rooke ensured home success for Black Combe Runners in the Kirkby-in-Furness fell race as both took podium places.

The 6.5-mile, 1,600ft ascent course on Kirkby Moor saw Orr triumph in the ladies’ race in 1hr 2mins 10secs, with Rooke taking third behind Helm Hill’s Catherine Niblock with a 1:09.23 clocking.

Jackie Casey’s time of 1:11.36 ensured BCR’s ladies took the team prize in their category too, along with earning her the honour of being the first V60-class runner home.

Black Combe’s Josh Hartley narrowly missed out on the overall win, finishing just eight seconds behind Pudsey & Bramley AC’s John Heneghan (51.14) in the half-mile sprint downhill to the finish.

Ambleside AC runner John Helme took third after clocking 52.41 and took the male V40 prize, with another BCR member in James Harris taking fourth in 53.27.

John Evason (58.54) secured a top-10 finish, with Jamie Baron 35 seconds behind him. Matthew Rooke cracked the top 20 in 1:01.33 and Gavin Lloyd claimed the under-23 prize in 1:05.01.

Other BCR finishers were Peter Tayler (1:05.58), Nick Sebley (1:08.10), William Ross (1:08.14), Julian Donnelly (1:08.33), Simon Austin (1:11.32), Susan Ross (1:11.45), Jonathan Bailey (1:12.06), Chris Roberts (1:12.09), Steve Wathall (1:12.54), Jess Lawrence (1:20.53), Rebecca Gledhill (1:26.16), Beth Ripper (1:26.17), Rob McKeever (1:29.43) and Karl Fursey (1:35.06).

Hartley did have the consolation of picking up the club men’s road race championship, which was secured just by virtue of him completing the final counter of the year in the Fell Foot race near Newby Bridge.

The fell race club champion for 2018 is James Harris, who just pipped Edward Gleadowe by one point. Simon Austin was runner-up on the tarmac.

In the ladies’ road series, only Sophie Roberts did enough races to qualify, so she is the club champion. Pike topped the list points-wise, but having not done the required races.

Jess Lawrence and Hartley also won the Bob Grieve trophy for producing the best aggregate overall times across all four of BCRs organised races over the year.

At the Arnside Knott hill race, Harris had to settle for second in 39.46, 17 seconds behind winner James McGurk, of Kendal AAC.

Harvey Lord (41.38), Matthew Rooke (43.28), Baron (43.53), Evason (44.44), Peter Tayler (47.51), Rebecca Rooke (51.45), Roberts (54.18), Wathall (54.20) and Hazel Tayler (1:00.46) were also in action.