STAFFORDSHIRE Moorlands AC men's team narrowly missed out on winning the 27th Cloud 9 hill race for the second year running.
They were pipped by Wilmslow Running Club by just one point.
More than 430 runners completed the challenging wet and muddy nine-mile course from Congleton to Bosley Cloud and back.
The Moorlands men's team which finished runners-up comprised: Jack Ross 4th, Jason Burgess 7th and James Wood 13th.
Other Moorlands finishers were Frank Murphy, Ben Williams, Lucinda Stone, Stephen Plant, Michael John Unwin, Mark Taylor and David Taylor.