TED Mason generously allowed the Burnsall Trail Half Marathon to take place on part of his land but he was less forgiving when it came to the race, taking part and winning in a stunning time of one hour and 27 minutes.

The Wharfedale Harriers runner, who hails from Appletreewick, beat his nearest challenger Tim Street by nearly six minutes and closely following him was Nicholas Charlesworth, who was the first M50 home in a time of 1.33.47.

Andy Crome was the top performer in the M40 category, finishing in 1.43.32, while Kim Spence was the first female finisher, crossing the line in 1.48.19.

She was closely followed by Annabel Ralph, who completed the course in a time of 1.52.21.

Saturday's race was the first of a brand new trial series, which has been set up by Due North Events. The next race is near Kettlewell, the Skirfare Trail Half Marathon on July 14.

Due North Events was set up last year with the aim of bringing more people to the Yorkshire Dales to get outside and enjoy the fantastic countryside.

The company do guided trail running, coaching weekends, guest speakers and the Trail Race Series.

They will also be holding 'An Evening with Billy Bland' at the Rendezvous Hotel in Skipton on May 11 and a Ladies Introduction to Trail Running at Grassington on August 3.

Their autumn events include the Sharphaw Metric Marathon on September 15 and Doug Scott's 'A Crawl Down The Ogre' at Ilkley Kings Hall on November 8.

The Burnsall race was sponsored by local companies such as Whitakers Chocolates, Hesper Farm Skyr yoghurt and Mountain Fuel, with the main sponsor being Timothy Taylor's brewery.

The director of Due North Events, Mel Steventon, runs for Skipton AC and many of her club members were volunteers and marshals on Saturday. The event could not have gone ahead without their help.