IT was the fourth and final West Yorkshire Cross-Country League race at Spenborough on Sunday and the series ended in style for Ilkley's Dom Coy who was crowned league champion.

He came home in second in the race after a nip-and-tuck battle with Pudsey's Joe Baxter, but that was good enough to land him the overall senior male title and the Under-20 one.

With the three best results counting for the final standings, Coy's two second places and a third edged out Baxter's win and two fourth places, with the duo well clear of the rest.

Steve Gott was the next Harrier home in 25th place, while Beth Massey and Sally Malir were 33rd and 38th, respectively, in the ladies race.

Meanwhile, Hilda Coulsey headed to the Telford 10k, a 'road' race inside a park which attracted a stellar field across all age categories as it had England places up for grabs for next year's 10k internationals.

Coulsey just missed out on a qualifying spot, but she again rewrote the Harriers' record books with her time of 50 minutes and 38 seconds.

That was 40 seconds quicker than the previous Ilkley F65 best, which had been set by Margot Dale in 2007.

Testing terrain, challenging weather conditions and an extreme distance all had to be negotiated by Steve Turland at the Cheviot Goat ultra run.

Lots of bogs - including one where he had to haul out a fellow competitor who was stuck up to his waist - were combined with strong winds and minimal visibility.

But Turland battled his way around the 55-mile route (with nearly 11,000 feet of climbing) in just over 12 hours.

That was good enough for 17th place out of 220 runners and ideal preparation for his attempt at the brutal Spine Challenger in a few weeks.

Istvan Jacso was the first M40 finisher and sixth overall at the Mytholmroyd Fell Race.

Run on typically-tough Pennine terrain, the course featured a variety of steep climbs and tricky descents - with local knowledge and fell-racing experience very much to the fore.

The Langdale Christmas Pudding 10k featured Paul Tierney, who earlier this year set a new record for running all 214 Wainwright peaks in the quickest time (just over six days).

Ilkley was represented by Alison Weston, who clocked 51:31 for 180th place out of 717 finishers.

Racing in far warmer climes last week was Daryl King who was 139th (out of over 1,000 finishers) at the Lanzarote Half Marathon in 1:38:21.

At the sharper end of the distance spectrum, Geoffrey Howard took in the Ealing Mile last Friday lunchtime.

And the 75-year-old comfortably went under the seven-minute mark, with a 6:46.

On the Parkrun front, there was another win for Nathan Edmondson at Bramley, while Lucy Williamson was the first lady at Penrhyn.