A field of more than 100 runners of all ages
and abilities completed Leicestershire's newest road race at the weekend (7 July) on one of the hottest days of 2013.
The inaugural Big Charity Event, organised and hosted by Desford Striders Running Club, saw 119 runners complete one of two routes around Desford and Peckleton. The event, which superseded the Club's
long-running ladies-only Run For Your Man race, offered competitors the choice of a 3.5-mile or 7-mile course and also served as a fundraising, raising money for DELTA (Deaf Education through Listening and Talking).
A total of 77 runners took part in the seven mile race and Desford Striders' Ian Mansell and Emma Marvin ensured the silverware did not have far to travel this year. Mansell was the first over the line, clocking up a quite convincing win in 40:48, with nearly a three-minute advantage over his closest rival, while Marvin - the 2012 Run For Your Man Champion - took the ladies' crown in 46.50.
Beaumont RC's Phil Critchlow claimed the runner-up spot in a time of 43:34, while Quentin Henry of Sphinx AC was hot on his heels, running home in 44:45 to secure the final podium place. Desford
Strider Ryan Pegg was not far behind, crossing the line in 46:02 to take fourth.
For the ladies, Helen Tromans of Dudley / Kingswinford ran home in 51:00 to take second place, while the host club's Katie Beaumont was third in 53:34.
Meanwhile, two of the top three places over the 3.5 mile course were taken by ladies. Fifteen-year old Alex Percy of Wreake RC enjoyed a convincing victory, crossing the line in 25:41 to take the crown,
but Heather Thornton and Helen Russell were not far behind, running home in 27:41 and 31:23 to secure second and third respectively and the top two women's places.
Louie Rossi in 31:53 and Newcastle (Staffs) AC's Luke Robertson in 32:57 were the second and third men home, while last year's Run For Your Man runner-up Laura Rossi of Desford Striders was the third
lady in a time of 32:01.
The event, sponsored by Cherry Tree Gifts, AW Physio, Ask Accountancy and Little India restaurant, is set to return to Desford next year.