Hundreds of runners take part in Cransley Road Race

editorial image

More than 500 runners laced their shoes to take part in the 12th Cransley Hospice Road Race on Sunday.

The annual fundraiser for the county hospice drew in big crowds and organisers are hoping to break the £200,000 barrier for funds raised down the years at the race.

Athletes from all age ranges took part in one of three races – a fun run, a 10k route, or a half-marathon, through Cranford.

Speaking before the main race was about to get under way, Di Patrick, fundraising manager at the hospice, said: “People from all over the country come to this event and even an half an hour before the race, cars are still pouring in.

“In terms of organisation, it’s our biggest ever road race.

“As well as raising funds for the hospice, today is all about giving something back to the community.

“People are running for a variety of reasons and I’d like to say thank you to everyone taking part.

“Cranford have been brilliant too – they lend us their town for a day and stop everything for the race.”

The hospice, which provides care for people with life-limiting illnesses in the county, raised £20,000 from last year’s race.

This brings the total raised from 11 years of the event to £185,000.

The main two races got under way at 11am, while the fun run took place 45 minutes prior.

Steve Green, 40 of St Mary’s Road, Kettering, said: “I did the race last year and I loved it.

“It’s good to support the local community and a worthwhile cause. The turnout looks to be really good this year.”

See more pictures from the race here.