LONG-distance Worcester runner Terry Conway set a new course record as he stormed to victory in the West Highland Way Race.

The 32-year-old, originally from Tolladine, covered the 95-mile trail, the longest athletics event permitted in Scotland, in 15 hours 39 minutes 15 seconds, beating Jezz Bragg’s 2006 effort by six minutes.

Conway, who won the Lakeland 100-mile event last year, led from the start in some of the worst weather conditions competitors have faced to finish more than one hour 20 minutes ahead of the runner-up.

He said: “It was great to run in such a special and historical race.

“The Way is a truly magical event that challenges everyone in their own way.

"The weather was a good challenge. It’s fair to say it was pretty wet and windy.

“To battle against the elements is all part of what attracts runners to take part in events of this distance over that type of terrain.”

Starting at 1am, runners had to contend with rain for the first 12 hours.

Paul Giblin from Paisley was second in 17:00.26 and Donnie Campbell (Glasgow) third in 17:51.20.

Conway, who works in Malvern, also runs for Ambleside Athletic Club in the Lake District, near to where his wife Annie is based.

In total, 119 athletes completed the course.