A CUMBRIAN runner finished third in the Three Peaks Race.

Ricky Lightfoot, from Workington, competed in the 66th edition of the race on Saturday, October 9.

The race usually takes place in April, but was moved due to Covid-19 restrictions.

It starts from Horton-in-Ribblesdale, near Settle, Yorkshire and runs over Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales.

The course is 37.4 kilometres with 1,609 metres of ascent and decent.

Mr Lightfoot, a former winner of the competition, finished with a time of 3:07:17.

He was just under two minutes behind the winner.

He began competing in fell races at the age of fourteen.

He has won several of the most prestigious fell races, including the Three Peaks Race, Wasdale, Borrowdale, Ennerdale, the Three Shires and Skiddaw.

He won the Lakeland Classics Trophy series in 2007 and 2015.

He has also competed domestically on other surfaces, winning the Brampton to Carlisle and Derwentwater 10 road races and the Cumbria Cross Country Championships.

On his Facebook page, the 36-year-old said: "A strange running of the Three Peaks for the 66th running of the event.

"A different start field, mild conditions and of course to look at there were more Autumn colours out which for me totally changed the feel of the race."