ALI Burns turned up the heat on his rivals as he raced to victory in the Silsden New Year's Day Fun Run.

The Wharfedale Harriers runner stormed round the course in 16min 16 sec to finish more than two minutes ahead of Keighley & Craven's Chris Loftus.

Third place went to Loftus's team-mate Ian Willis who was four seconds behind him with a time of 18:23.

Wharfedale Harriers had five runners in the top ten. Burns was joined by Jack Muir (4th), Barry Scott (5th), Alex Thompson (7th) and David Fountain (9th).

One of the more remarkable performances came from Ilkley Harriers runner Jack Wood.

He arrived at the start five minutes after the race had got under way, but worked his way through the field to finish 13th in 21:51.

Paul Buckley, who created the event in 1984, kept up his record of running in all 34 editions of the race.

The oldest runner in the field was 70-year-old Raymond Lund who was 42nd in 32:13.

His daughter Katherine Kirkham was the first lady in 16th place with a time of 22:13 and his granddaughter Abigail was 47th in 34:46. Both Katherine and Abigail were carrying the colours of Wharfedale Harriers.

The youngest runner in the race was six-year-old Freddie Hird who was 45th in 33:09.

Benji Grundy celebrated his 13th birthday by taking 32nd place in 28:33.