DANNY HOPE finally usurped his brother to become the victor in the 25th running of the Great Hameldon Hill Race on Sunday.
The Pudsey and Bramley runner, who worked in Hyndburn until recently, finished second last year behind three times winner Rob but this time, with his brother missing, he stole the show.
Danny narrowly missed out on the course record of 36 minutes and 12 seconds - made by Rob two years ago - finishing first with 36.23.
Lee Passco, who runs for Clayton-le-Moors Harriers on the road, was second almost three minutes behind the winner while team-mate Ian Greenwood completed the gruelling six mile course in 40.04 - and was third and first veteran over 40 years of age. Brent Hogan was the first to cross the line for Accrington Road Runners, coming home in fifth spot in 40.54 - doing well after recently completing the Three Peaks.
The first lady home was Halifax Harriers runner Carole Waterhouse in 48.16 while the first "local" non-club runner was Ian Connell with Sportlife Gym again winning the local team prize. And the Sydney Street Club had a team of three runners who were competing to raise money for the installation of disabled toilets facilities.
The turn-out of 113 senior athletes was the lowest since the race began in 1979 but the safety coverage was the best - with St Johns Ambulance, Rossendale Search and Rescue and Raynet, the emergency radio communications team, all in attendance.
In the junior race, Jack Thompson won the male race and Emma Thompson won the female event but it was a disappointing turn-out with just four juniors entering, none from Hyndburn.
The event is hoping to attract more juniors and local runners next year and are on the look-out for new sponsors. To get involved in the race e-mail email@example.com .