It is billed as one of the toughest road marathons in the country.

And it’s hardly surprising given the hilly nature of Huddersfield and its surroundings.

But that didn’t stop a large number of hardy souls venturing out in the third Huddersfield Marathon and Half Marathon.

Almost 300 runners took part, with 86 completing the full 26-mile course over two laps and 175 tackling the half marathon course.

They were rewarded with some stunning views across large swathes of the area above the Colne Valley.

The event was run by Team OA and spokesman Wane Law said: “We were delighted with the event.

“We came up with the idea of a Huddersfield Marathon a few years ago and this was the third event.

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“It continues to grow and more and more people are coming along each year.”

The event took place on Sunday and was run from the Huddersfield YMCA complex at Laund Hill.

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The early-morning weather was perfect for the runners, although temperatures hotted up by the latter stages.

The course took the runners from Salendine Nook to Old Lindley, Jagger Green, Outlane, Stainland, Krumlin, Scammonden, Pole Moor, Scapegoat Hill, Golcar and Longwood.

Mr Law said: “Given our terrain, it’s regarded as one of the toughest road marathons there is and it’s certainly not one for an ideal first-timer, although we did get some.

“But they were rewarded with some stunning views across the area on a glorious day, and every runner finished the course.”

The runners and spectators were treated to a host of entertainment at Laund Hill including a live band and food.