Steeple Bumpstead races raise £4,000 for village pre-school

Runners set off in the Steeple Bumpstead 10K race. Contributed picture. ANL-160628-110715001

Runners set off in the Steeple Bumpstead 10K race. Contributed picture. ANL-160628-110715001

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The second Steeple Bumpstead 10k run and 3k Fun Run attracted 350 runners and raised about £4,000 for Steeple Bumpstead Pre-School when it took place on Sunday.

Runners aged from three to 74 took part in the two races, which were once again organised by the Steeple Chasers, comprising Kerry Barnes, Steve Miller, Lucy Sharland, Debbie Hartshorn, Nigel Chapman, Vicki Taylor and Laura Seymour.

Despite the torrential rain on Saturday, the sun came out in time for the race and although the courses were a bit muddy, most runners crossed the line with a big smile on their face.

The atmosphere was great as seasoned runners rubbed shoulders with first timers in the 10k and children, parents, grandparents and dogs ran or walked the 3k Fun Run.

The 10k run was won by Andrew Mynott from Saffron Striders, who crossed the line in 37:46.

First lady was Fiona Halls, also from Saffron Striders, whose time was 43:26.

Last year’s runner up in the 3k Fun Run, Archie Tweed (12) claimed victory in this year’s race, while the crown for the first girl went to Isabelle Revens (11).

The Pre-School thanked the Steeple Chasers for organising the races and the following sponsors for their generous contributions towards the event: Barclays, Jet Garage in Haverhill, Thaxted Stoves, Travis Perkins, Ridgeons, Tesco, Dalehead Foods, Direct Table Foods, Aerocycles, Paul Firman and Meat at the Village Store.

The pre-school also thanked the many volunteers who helped at registration, marshalling the course, timing the race and helping with refreshments and Haverhill Running Club for loaning the signs around the course.