HUNDREDS of runners pounded the streets of Evesham as they took part in the annual Vale 10k race.
More than 500 people battled against the showers to take part in the seventh Birdseye Sports Evesham Vale event and help raise funds for the Bell Tower appeal.
564 competitors raced through the streets, parks and riverside paths the town has to offer.
Robert Hale, race director, said: “I was thrilled at the turnout, especially from local people, and I think they really enjoyed it.
Most importantly they ran for the Bell Tower appeal.”
David Bell, from Cirencester Athletic Club, came home in first place in a record-breaking time of 33 minutes, and the first woman to finish was Shona Crombie-Hicks in 38.39.
Pete Dunderdale, who was featured in The Observer prior to the event, also finished in a very respectable 57:47.
The 34-year-old is determined to beat his own personal fitness battle and has lost eight stone in the last three years after taking part in a series of fund-raising activities.
Robert added: “I was especially pleased with the support of the running club, their friends and relations and the Evesham Townspeople.
“To stage an event of this nature is very complex and we wanted to ensure it was safe and caused as little disruption as possible.
“I think people knew it was all for a good cause and were pleased to help.”
For a full list of the results visit www.eveshamvalerunningclub.org.uk online.
* MORE than 100 youngsters showed they were up to the challenge as they took part in an annual fun run.
The Fun Runs at Noon saw 130 of Evesham’s children take part in either a mile race or a sprint, all in aid of the Evesham Bell Tower appeal.
George McNally came home first in 5.23minutes for the 12 to 14 year-olds mile race and Harry Powell won the nine to 11 category in a time of 6.06minutes.
The six to eight year olds sprint was won by Matthew Murphy and Thomas White hit top spot in the under five’s sprint.
Caroline Morgan, main organiser, said: “130 of Evesham’s children took on the challenge of the local fun runs sponsored by Subway.
“Everyone enjoyed seeing the races and there are certainly some aspiring athletes in this area.
“I would like to thank all the children for taking part and Subway for sponsoring the event. See you all next year.”
Shona Crombie-Hicks and Pete Clark. (s)
George McNally winning his category for the fun run. (s)