Hospice is winner of the races

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Hundreds of runners have helped raised thousands of pounds for Cransley Hospice after taking part in the
annual Cranford road races on Sunday.

More than 600 people refused to allow rain to dampen their spirits as they took part in the races, which are now in their 13th year.

Archie Evans, Joseph Humphries and Aedan Sheridan-Dwyer enjoying the event

Archie Evans, Joseph Humphries and Aedan Sheridan-Dwyer enjoying the event

A two-kilometre fun run, a 10km race and a half marathon were staged, with competitors ranging in age from nine to 80.

The race winners were Kettering Town Harriers’ Ethan Mehmet in the fun run, Russell Parkin from Derby in the 10km race and Damian Carr from Coventry in the half marathon.

Among those taking part were family and friends of Tony Church, who was treated at the hospice.

Andy, Adam and Hannah Church and Sarah and Tim Meeks say they now take part in the run every year in memory of Tony and to support Cransley.

Andy said: “It’s motivation to run for Cransley and for my brother.”

Cransley Hospice runner and race organiser Di Patrick said the event had left her team exhausted but pleased.

“It was really good,” she said. “It was the first time we have had a wet day in 13 years but despite that we were very, very happy.

“We have had some very positive comments. One runner said, ‘It was my first half marathon and it was very well-planned’. We are hoping it will raise about £20,000.”

MP Philip Hollobone, who ran in the 10km, said: “Congratulations to Di Patrick on another triumph. I am so pleased the event proves more and more popular every year.”