Runners defy weather as 10k race rains cash

Warming up for the start of the 4K fun fun are brothers Edas and Renaldas Daukintis.
Warming up for the start of the 4K fun fun are brothers Edas and Renaldas Daukintis.

The weather may have been dismal for this time of year, but that did not stop 150 hardy runners turning out for the 27th Underwood 10k and Fun Run races.

The event, which took place on Sunday, saw the participants endure wind and rain as they ran through the picturesque but hilly countryside around Underwood and Bagthorpe.

Starter Alex Brewer ready to send off the 10K runners.

Starter Alex Brewer ready to send off the 10K runners.

Organised by Underwood Primary School’s PTA and volunteers, the event raised more than £3,500 for the school, Asthma UK and other groups and charities in the village.

As well as the 10k and fun run, youngsters also took part in a school field race on the previous Friday and they collected sponsorship money.

Marine Alex Brewer, who underwent a below-knee amputation on his left leg and has had reconstruction on his right leg following a bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2011, started off the races.

Alex, from Stanton Hill, was also collecting funds for Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund along with Troop Aid, which provides everyday items to service personnel returning from conflict.

He said that those who had attended the race had been very supportive and, although he has not counted all the money, he says that it is at least £100.

Meanwhile, event manager Lisa Turner-Rowe said that the race had been ‘a great community event’.

“It was a successful race,” she said.

“We felt we had a good set of racers - we had some very fast 10k racers. It was a successful event in that we raised money for a variety of causes.

“It’s a very popular race and we have people who come back year after year.”

She also praised the villagers, many of whom came out of their houses to cheer the runners along.

“We had an expensive road closure and a lot of them were trapped in for a couple of hours,” she said.

The fastest woman to complete the 10k race was Naomi Harvey, who recorded a time of 42 minutes and 57 seconds, while the fastest man was Daniel Heathcote with a time of 35 minutes and four seconds.

In the fun run, Elizabeth Mulvaney completed the run in 17 minutes and 23 seconds while Jack Marsden finished in 17 minutes 52 seconds.

The Underwood 10k has raised more than £50,000 for a host of charities over the past 27 years. For a full list of results and information about the race, visit www.underwoodrun.com.