IMAGES: Bramham Fun Run 2014

Hundreds of runners and walkers turned out for the Bramham Fun Run to raise a magnificent £8,500 for cancer research at Leeds.

Although organisers failed to beat last year’s record 700 entrants, with 520, they are positive about the success of the event.

Bramham Fun Run.(1410051AM13)

Bramham Fun Run.(1410051AM13)

Ann Newton, who organises the event with husband Jeff, said: “The numbers were down on last year but everybody enjoyed it and we had such lovely weather.

“I have had a lot of positive emails from people thanking us.”

“We should make £8,500 but we always get a lot more as sponsorship comes in during the next few weeks.”

The event, which follows 5km and 10k routes through the Bramham Park grounds, has been sponsored by Wetherby estate agents Beadnall Copley since 2007, through covering the costs so that all the money goes to Cancer Research.

Founder Andrew Beadnall said: “In the time we have been sole sponsors of this magnificent local event over £70,000 has been raised.

“I thank everyone who participated and raised funds for this very worthwhile charity based in our area at St James Hospital.

“It is always a very emotional day to see so many taking part in memory of loved ones and I am only too pleased to be able to help everyone effected by cancer.

“I also want to say thank you to the Wetherby News for their ongoing support.”

The event saw businesses sign up teams with The Retreat from Boston Spa, Beadnall Copley and Wetherby’s bar3 lining up on the start line.

Also there was Ledsham Cricket Club who were running in memory of former team-mate Johnny Aston, who died aged 38 last year after a short illness, for the second year.

Paul Dewhirst, from the club said: “He was a wonderful cricketer and one of the nicest guys you could ever wish to meet.”

Entrants were set on their way by a mother of three who battled breast cancer Hayley Dunlop after personal trainer Martin Shaw had warmed up the entrants.

In the 10km, the first male runner home was Sam Anderson of Leeds, in a time of 41min 11secs and the first female was Angela Reeve of Collingham in a time of 41min 53secs.

In the 5km, the first male runner was Angus McMillan from York in 19min 01secs and the first female was Frederica Moore from Linton in 23min 53secs. Full results at: www.bramhamparkfunrun.org.uk.

Ann also thanked Tadcaster Harriers for marshalling the event, Tadcaster Physio for massage, AV Matrix for staging, and Central Garage of Boston Spa for the support vehicle.

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