LEIGH Striders took a strong contingent to Scotland to compete in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival.

Karen Adams, a graduate of the Leigh Striders Back to Running programme in January, took part in her first 10k.

And Adams crossed the finish line in one hour, 17 minutes and five seconds.

Striders also had two teams participating in the Hairy Haggis Team Relay.

The boys team, comprising of Tim Ketterer, David Tuttlebee, Sean Briscomb and Rob Eves finished in 3:52:07.

They narrowly beat the girls team, which was represented by Catherine Patterson, Sam Pickett, Theresa Philips and Jill Stephens, who completed the event in 3:55:33.

Jo-Anne Hall and Andrew Nash took on the Half Marathon distance.

Hall registered a new personal best of 2:01:30.

Nash finished in a respectable 2:11:05.

The marathon distance was tackled by Matibini Matibini, Elliott Cone and Sarah Nash.

Matibini finished in 11th place overall, with a new personal best of 2:41:16.

Cone also claimed a new personal best with a time of 3:14:30.

Nash, competing in her 15th marathon, finished in 5:53:51.

Three generations of Wests took on the Hatfield Broad Oak 10k - Dave West, his son Rob, and granddaughter Chloe.

Rob was back in 1:02:27, Dave in 1:08:43 and Chloe in 1:25:37.

Five Striders were among 12,500 competitors at the Vitality London 10,000m.

James Western was first home in 43:49, while John Western and Neil Robins also completed the race in less than an hour, with times of 46:16 and 53:55 respectively.

Stephen Wicks was just past the hour barrier in 1:02:50, while Chris Holmes finished in 1:17:35.

Michelle Payne completed the 145 mile Grand Union Canal race in 37 hours and 34 minutes.

Payne, who ran the race from Birmingham to London in support of Havens Hospices, was the fourth lady home.