ALEX Benfield made light of the muddy conditions to claim victory in the fifth Derbyshire Runner Cross-Country League race on Sunday.
Benfield, running in the Hatton Darts colours, flew around the six-mile course at Bosworth Battlefield despite the sludge and standing water.
Ashley Hurdman was second Dart home, producing a sterling run to cross the line in fifth on his return to cross-country racing.
Teammate Duncan Stewart charged through the field to claim 17th overall.
Jason Tilley ran his usual, consistent race and crossed the line in 28th.
Mark Slade put in another improved performance to finish 31st, just ahead of fellow Darts runner Tony Caulton, who was happy with a strong result on a demanding course.
Stan Knopik was next Dart home, pushing hard to cross the line in 62nd.
Nigel Elson ran a steady race for 71st, while Ian Stewart found the going tough but conjured up a fine finish for 87th.
The tall frame of Tim Matthews was next home, taking delight in 117th overall.
John Gregson, who was using the race as part of his marathon preparations, was 125th, while the improving Paul Smith came home in 132nd.
The Hatton Darts ladies also produced some good results at Bosworth Battlefield.
Claire Calladine, despite a long run the day before, was 15th female home.
She also took to the muddy course without the benefit of a warm-up after arriving late for the six-mile race.
Kath Urwin gave a superb account of herself, sticking to her race-plan to finish 41st in the ladies’ race.
Carol Sharratt’s passion was on show both physically and verbally as she was pipped on the line for a good 86th.
Not far behind, running another well disciplined race, was Sian Hamilton who came home in 83rd.
Quitting was never an option for Karen Jackson, who worked really hard and to complete the course in 93rd spot.
In the overall team results Hatton men were an excellent second in their section, with the ladies ninth.
The combined results placed Hatton Darts third overall.
MARK Slade ran his 95th Conkers race on Saturday.
In vicious winds and treacherous muddy conditions underfoot, the Hatton Darts runner still conjured up a remarkable fourth place finish in a time of 18 minutes and 56 seconds.
Andy Campbell, a recent Dart recruit, ran a steady race to clock 29:51.