Wrexham's Darren Rowlands ran strongly at the British Masters Cross Country Championships in Corwen.

Competing against 78 other runners in the 8K M40 race, Rowlands clocked 31:52 to place 22nd outright and third in the V50 class.

Central Club athlete Ross Houston took the race honours in a winning time of 29:13, with Thames runner Phillip Tedd (29:59) and Leeds City’s Mike Burrett (30:02) in second and third respectively.

Veteran racer Phil Walker (32:34) was Wrexham’s fastest finisher in the truncated 6k race, with V80 clubmates Peter Norman (44:39) and John Tipping (45:31) following on.

Buckley duo Margaret Ludden (46th in 31:25) and Jane Lindley (48th in 31:31) were among the 97 race entrants on the day.

West Cheshire's Dave Alexander, Andrew Clague and Neil Hershaw secured second team position at the British Masters.

Alexander was fourth in his over-50 age group in 32:24, while Clague was 11th in his over-55 age group in 35:20, and Hershaw was 10th in his age category with 35:25 to combine for a podium place in the 8km Men's 45-54 age group event held at the Rhug Estate ahead of Andy Carter (12th over-50 in 36:02).

Anest Muller (seventh over-35 lady in 28:32) and Ellie Robinson (seventh over-45 lady in 28:41) completed the 6km Women's race, won by Liz Renondeau of Vale Royal in 22:52, with Joanna Marsden of Ellesmere Port in second spot with 22:53.