Runners hot-foot it to raise Sport Relief cash

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Bathed in glorious sunshine, hundreds of people laced up their running shoes to take part in the Sport Relief miles around the county.

Events were staged in Kettering, Corby and Wellingborough and at Stanwick Lakes and all were packed with participants young and old.

At least 200 people took part in the Corby event, running laps of the track at the Rockingham Triangle.

Friends Lisa Byrne, 29, of Bowland Drive, Barton Seagrave, and Nicola Cockshoot, 28, of Ennerdale Close, Kettering, took part in the six-mile run at the Corby event.

Lisa said: “It’s the first time I’ve done it and I’m glad the sun is out. I started running in January, in the snow, and it was good to have a goal to aim for.”

Also running the six miles was Craig Tough, 41, of Berneshaw Close, Corby.

He said: “It’s the first time I’ve done this for Sport Relief. I think people will get behind it.”

In Kettering’s Market Place, about 400 people took part.

These included Victoria Hutchinson, 41, and daughter Amelia, 13, of Westminster Drive, Barton Seagrave, and their friends Tim Jeffery, 48, and daughter Naomi, 13, of Rosemount Drive, Kettering.

Mrs Hutchinson said: “It is Amelia’s fault I’m here, but I’m here willingly. It is nice the sun has come out as well.”

Amelia said: “I run for Kettering Harriers. I only signed up on Friday – my friend told me about it. It was a bit last-minute.” GB age group triathlete Melanie Ryding started the Wellingborough event at the Redwell Leisure Centre, which topped its entry numbers from two years ago.

She said: “The time doesn’t matter – going out there, enjoying yourself and getting active is what matters. It was fabulous to see so many people taking part who wouldn’t usually do something like this.

“I think there were roughly 400 people taking part.”

And Stanwick Lakes was also fully subscribed with 570 runners turning up.

Centre manager George O’Leary said: “We were full to capacity, and what a sight it was to see them all running en masse around the lake. It was like a big serpent.

“It was a great event and a great day. People taking part were from tiny children to 80-year-olds.”