Ultra-runners competed in the first 55-mile Trail of Herts race between Berkhamsted Cricket Club and central London on Saturday.
The challenge was won by Lewis Patching in 9hrs 29mins, followed by second-place Stephen Mitchell in 9h 36m and third-place Matthew Ma in 9h 54m. The first woman to finish was Laureda Tirepied in 11h 55m.
Competitors ran on long-distance footpaths The Chiltern Way, Hertfordshire Way and the Hertfordshire Chain Walk, as well as on disused railways and canal and riverside paths.
They finished at the end of the Eastern arm of the Regency Canal where it meets Islington tunnel opposite Eagle Wharf.
The race was organised by Cliff King, owner of Berkhamsted gym The Health Hub.
He said: “Luckily, the weather provided us with near to perfect running conditions for enjoying the stunning scenery between Berkhamsted and central London.
“A total of 30 runners managed to complete the full route.
“We have had lots of positive feedback regarding the route, organisation of the event, the fantastic checkpoints and the superb volunteers.
“Trail of Herts will be back in 2014.”