Hundreds run in Langtoft’s annual races

Runners from Bourne-based charity Galaxy of Stars ready for the fun run in Langtoft''''''West End, Langtoft'Fun run'Names: Running for Bourne based charity Galaxy of Stars
Runners from Bourne-based charity Galaxy of Stars ready for the fun run in Langtoft''''''West End, Langtoft'Fun run'Names: Running for Bourne based charity Galaxy of Stars
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HUNDREDS of people laced up their trainers to take part in Langtoft’s annual races on Sunday.

A record number of 300 runners, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Fireman Sam and local army cadets, took part in the 3km fun run which saw participants raise money for a number of charities.

More than 200 people also ran in the 10km route which started in West End, Langtoft, before going through the nearby villages of Greatford and Barholm.

Organisers are still counting up the race proceeds which will go towards a host of local causes in Langtoft.

Race secretary Sue Archer said: “It was a really good event and we had a big turnout.

“The fun run was unbelievable. It was the most runners we’ve ever had. To get 300 participants was amazing and it was great to see so many people dressed up to raise money for their charities.

“There was also lots of enthusiastic spectators and we had lots of help on the day which was much appreciated.”

Estate Agent, Alex Neal, 38, from Bourne, took on the 10km road race to raise funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, for the support it has given to his friend’s daughter, eight-year-old Lauryn Atkinson, in her battle against leukaemia.

The winners of the fun run were Joe Howells, 16, of Bourne Town Harriers, and Katie Green, 15, of Werrington Joggers. The winning school was Bourne Westfield Primary Academy and Oliver Smith was the first Langtoft Primary School pupil over the finish line.

The mens winner of the road race was Paul Lunn, of Peterborough based athletics club Nene Valley Harriers, who finished in a time of 34mins49secs, with Greg Southern finishing in second (34mins53secs), and Paul’s son Joshua coming third (34mins56secs).

The winner of the ladies race was Ruth Jones, of Nene Valley Harriers, who finished in 40mins26secs.