Some senior runners from St Albans Striders have their eye on London Marathon training while the juniors from St Albans Athletics Club were covering all bases.

There were a couple of 20-mile events for the Striders to sink their teeth into.

At the Milton Keynes Festival of Running, Ross May was first home over the distance in 14th overall, clocking two hours 23 seconds.

He was followed in by Barnaby Walker (2:07:19) and Adam Yorwerth (2:09:46).

Megan Walker was second female overall in 2:11:30 while Hannah Burkhardt clocked a strong time of 2:31:18.

Age category placings were secured by Andy Jordan (first V60, 2:14:38) and Max Campbell (second V60, 2:17:20).

Heather Hann meanwhile was representing Hertfordshire in the Intercounty 20 mile Championships, which was incorporated into the Essex 20 event.

She covered the five-lap course at the disused Debden Airfield in a time of 2:10:28 which was good enough for 4th female place and a new V35 club record, as well as helping the Hertfordshire team into 2nd place.

Team mate Steve Buckle finished 27th in the open event in 1:57:06.

Choosing a similar distance but on a far more difficult terrain, four Striders took on the challenge of the Grindleford Gallop which covered 21 muddy miles with 3,000 feet of ascent through the Peak District.

Alex Lane completed the course in 3:40:03, followed by Cam Ross (3:51:56), Laura Lane (4:14:47) and Alice Clilverd (4:17:54).

George Booth finished in an incredible 30th place out of more than 7,000 participants in the Liverpool Half Marathon with a PB of 1:16:20.

Hollie Ryder placed 57th out of 4,500 females in the Lisbon half marathon crossing the line with team mate Jonny Pennell in 1:32:32.

Also accompanying them were Ivan Ghouse (1:34:20), Fergus Sheridan (1:42:31), Katie Bunting (2:05:26) and Onil Biswas (2:07:17)

Rose McGinness completed the Lincolnshire Half marathon in 1:51:26 and Justin Phillipps placed fourth in the Dunstable town mayor's charity 5 mile race in a time of 32:06.

The weekend racing for St Albans Athletics Club started under the lights at Battersea Park on Friday night with 5k PB for Edward Anders.

He had started out in the club as an U11 and finished in 16:00.

Several from the club were also enjoying selection at Pontefract Racecourse in West Yorkshire as they raced for Hertfordshire Schools at the ES Cross Country Championships.

Eva Dixon, a debutant of the orange and black vest of Herts, was first off in the intermediate girls' race while Isaac Gibson Dunt was part of the silver medal winning junior boys' team.

Emma Treloar was in the junior girls' squad while Oscar Nagalingam, Adam Healey, Josh Hirst and Jake Rafferty all made the intermediate boys' team.

Alex McDonald and Archie Marshall were in the seniors.

The club's winning National XC relay team of Phoebe Gill, Sophie Jacobs and Becky Cray were all in the senior girls' race.

Keira Stern was at the Podium 5k in Leicester, the Loughborough University student clocking 17:15, while at the Tri County Indoor Championships, George Withers ran the 1500m in 4:01.