Runners brave the frost for hospice

Hundreds of people brave the cold to join in the Brass Monkey Run in aid of Lakelands Hospice on the morning of January 29th 2012.
Hundreds of people brave the cold to join in the Brass Monkey Run in aid of Lakelands Hospice on the morning of January 29th 2012.
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Frost and chilly weather didn’t put hundreds of runners off taking part in a hospice fundraiser.

They turned out in their droves yesterday at Rockingham Speedway, Corby, to take part in the Brass Monkey 10k race and fun run for Lakelands Hospice in the town.

Paul Marlow, the hospice’s fundraising manager, said: “The turnout was absolutely brilliant. It was the third Brass Monkey event and the best so far. We had in the region of 250 runners and they all did really well.”

Among those taking part were Kemal Mehmet, of Gipsy Lane, Kettering, who did the fun run of about 1.5 miles round the circuit with his daughter Lauren, 14, and 13-year-old son Ethan.

They are all members of Kettering Town Harriers.

Mr Mehmet said: “It’s a great track to run round as there are no obstacles. We’ve taken part every year.”

Nicola Farley-McFayden, 37, her husband Nick, 38, and their nine-year-old daughter Daisy, of Weldon, also took part. Mrs Farley-McFadyen said: “Daisy wanted to do the fun run so we supported her. My mum is ill at the moment, so we have a special reason for supporting the hospice.”

Children as young as five took part in the fun run and there were some game-for-a-laugh entrants in monkey outfits and even an Elvis look-alike.

The first girl across the finishing line in the fun run was Ellie-May Hathaway, of Gretton, and the first boy was Jake Roberts, eight, of Nottingham. They both received special brass monkey awards.

The 10k runners and the those in the fun run were cheered round the circuit by dozens of spectators.