JONATHAN Pugh came out on top in the 22nd running of the Muddy Woody 6.

The Builth & District Running Club member held off a strong challenge from Matthew James, of Hereford Couriers, to claim the win, with Brecon Athletic Club's Mike Pfeiffer coming third.

Jessica Bennett, of Lordshill Runners, was a very convincing winners of the ladies race with former winner Laura Tootell of Wye Valley Runners second and fellow club member Clare Sims third.

Wye Valley Runners secured victory in both the men’s and ladies team events.

The men's team consisted of Christian Jones, Mike Fawcett and Andy Moxon, while the winning ladies were Laura Tootell, Clare Sims and Juliet Moxon.

The race, organized by Wye Valley Runners, was run over a challenging woodland trail course with the 283 finishers contending with exceptionally cold and muddy conditions.

The hosts donated £2 of each entry to Hope Support Services and collected additional donations at the refreshments stall.

A presentation was also made to John and Merle Hancock in appreciation of their continued support and use of facilities.

Men’s Results; 1 Jonathan Pugh (Builth & District Running Club) 41.13, 2 Matthew James (Hereford Couriers) 41.46, 3 Mike Pfeiffer (Brecon Athletic Club) 43.37; Junior: Jasper Robinson (Croft Ambrey) 55.31; V/40: Danny Axford (Headington RR) 44.55; V/45: Christian Jones (Wye Valley Runners) 44.46; V/50: Mike Pfeiffer (Brecon Athletic Club) 43.37; V/55: Tim Taylor (Hereford Couriers) 48.10; V/60: Steve Bedford (Wye Valley Runners) 62.49; V/65: Ashley Robinson (Croft Ambrey AC) 56.45; V/70: David Hibbert (Worcester AC) 65.43; V/75: Brian Symonds (Wye Valley Runners) 70.10.

Ladies Results; 1 Jessica Bennett (Lordshill Road Runners) 48.28, 2 Laura Tootell (Wye Valley Runners) 52.14, 3 Clare Sims (Wye Valley Runners) 54.01; Junior: Aderyn Carter (Hay Hotfooters) 61.33; V/35: Holly Gourley (Ledbury & District Harriers) 54.36; V/40: Laura Tootell (Wye Valley Runners) 52.14; V/45: Victoria Jones (Cock Moors Ladies) 57.51; V/50: Lorraine Bunn (Unattached) 55.42; V/55: Liz Davies-Ward (Hereford Triathlon Club) 69.43; V/60: Jan Edwards (Wye Valley Runners) 67.19.