GORDY Smith finished second in his category at the Trail Marathon Wales on Saturday.
Smith was 10th overall, but second Vet 40 with a time of 3hrs, 27mins, 40secs, while fellow Burton Athletics Club runner Eamonn O’Hanlon finished 19th Vet 50 in the half marathon.
Lined up alongside some of the strongest fell runners in England and Wales, the course involved testing bike tracks, rocky trails and severe mountain climbs of up to 4 400ft,
Smith paced the first half of the race carefully going, past the midway point with a time of 1:37 in sixth place.
However, the heat and the climbs took their toll and Smith slipped on a rock face.
Then cramp set in, breaking his stride at the 23-mile mark and he slowed his pace, but still finished inside the top 10.
Smith is now to decide whether to compete in the Coniston Trail marathon, into which he has automatic entry this year.
In the half marathon, O’Hanlon – who was hampered by injury last year – had something of a return to form.
He came through fresh faced but tired from the climbs with a credible finish of 2.20.54 for 172nd overall.