Hundreds brave rain at annual Brass Monkey Run

Hundreds of runners took to the track at Rockingham Speedway today (Sunday, February 10) to help raise money for the Lakelands Hospice in the annual Brass Monkey 10k Run.

The event was originally meant to be held in January, but had to be called off because of snowy weather – and today’s event also attracted poor weather when the heavens opened on Sunday morning.

Paul Marlow gets ready to sound the horn to start the fourth annual Brass Monkey Run at Rockingham Speedway on Sunday, February 10

Paul Marlow gets ready to sound the horn to start the fourth annual Brass Monkey Run at Rockingham Speedway on Sunday, February 10

However, the heavy downpour did nothing to deter the large crowd of lycra-clad runners, who were aiming to complete four laps of the 1.5 mile racetrack.

Event organiser Paul Marlow said more than 250 people had signed up to take part in the event in advance – a record number, although some of those had been put off on the day by the awful weather.

He added: “All in all I’d expect today’s event to raise between £4,000 and £5,000 for the hospice.

“We had a really great response to this year’s event. There were people signing up from as far afield as Sheffield, Birmingham and Norfolk.”

Mr Marlow is the hospice’s fundraising manager and is also a keen club runner himself.

He added: “Sporting events like this one cross over into the work the hospice tries to do by encouraging people to lead a healthier lifestyle.

“I love running so I organise a lot of sporting events to raise money.”

As well as the 10k race there was also a 1.5 mile fun run for younger competitors.

Everyone who took part was given a medal and goodie bag and there were also age group awards and spot prizes.