Organisers of the Bramham Park Fun Run say this year’s event has smashed 2012 records by nearly £5,000.
Last Sunday saw nearly 700 competitors take to the 10 and 5k courses around the historic parkland near Wetherby to help boost funds for Cancer Research at St James’s Hospital in Leeds.
Andrew Beadnall of event sponsors Wetherby-based Beadnall and Copley said: “Sunday’s fun run was a wonderful event bringing together a huge cross-section, from children honouring grandparents to mothers remembering daughters and the entire Ledsham Cricket Team dressed in their whites, cherishing the memory of their 38-year-old team-mate who died in May this year.
“It is for all these reasons that I sponsor this magnificent local event and next year I am determined for it to grow even more and attract 1,000 participants in 2014.
“Our entrants were up 200 on last year and everyone I spoke to had a great time in glorious surroundings raising funds to help eradicate a disease which affects each and every one of us at some stage.”
He added: “One of the reasons for our record-breaking event this year was due to so many new teams taking part and taking up the challenge we set when we launched the event back in early summer.
“For every one person who ran in the past, this year they were joined by perhaps three friends or colleagues and this automatically helped increase enormously the money raised through sponsorship.
“We are still amassing all the sponsorship money and to all of you who still wish to help support research at St James’s, Leeds, it is not too late to donate.”
Boston Spa resident Ann Newton, who co-organises the event with husband Jeff, said: “The event is expected to raise in the region of £12,500 which is a phenomenal achievement and smashes last year’s total of £7,500.
“In all respects this weekend’s event has broken all our previous records and in total the Bramham Park Fun Run has raised over £100,000 for cancer charities.”
In the 10k, Michael Elgie from Northumberland was first in a time of 37 minutes 39 seconds, second was Steve Melber from Thorp Arch in 38:05, third was David Bannister from York in 38:31 and the first female was Angela Reeve from Collingham in 43:51.
In the 5K, Franco Pardini from Leeds was first for the second year in 18:45, Paul Wass from Nottingham was second in 19:38, third was Oliver Cockerill from Market Weighton in 20:33 and the first female was Jill Green from Wetherby in 24:14.
Ann and Jeff thanked Tadcaster Harriers for marshalling, Tadcaster Physiotheraphy for providing free massages and Andrew Beadnall for sponsoring the event and covering all the costs.
Andrew added: “I am so grateful to AV Matrix for the staging and sound system, personal trainer Martin Shaw of Martin Shaw Fitness for an energetic and highly entertaining pre-run warm-up, to Wetherby News for amazing media support over these recent months and of course, to the inspirational Ann Newton and her tireless team who organised the event.”
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/beadnallcopleybreastcancer or contact Ann Newton on 01937 841470 www.bramhamparkfunrun.org.uk