St Mary's fun run was 'the best yet' in Yate

Gazette Series: The start of the St Mary's School 5k run in Yate on Saturday The start of the St Mary's School 5k run in Yate on Saturday

HUNDREDS of men, women and children limbered up for an annual fun run in Yate on Saturday.

Around 250 competitors took part in the 5K run, which started and finished at St Mary’s Primary School, and raised several thousands of pounds for the school in the process.

Participants, who had to be over the age of eight, ran a course just over five kilometres taking in the footbridge over Goose Green Way and the area around Brimsham Green School.

Chris Hares, from the run committee, said: “We have been holding this event for eight years now and this was certainly one of, if not our best one yet.

“The weather was excellent and the atmosphere was great with lots of supporters and plenty to keep them entertained at the school.”

Army fitness group Commando Fit led a gruelling warm up before the runners set off and there were stalls, activities and refreshments in the St Mary’s school field.

“We normally make about £3,000 and we are hoping to have done that again this year,” added Mr Hares.

“A few course records were broken and it ended up being quite a community event. All the comments we have received are hugely positive so we are really pleased.”

Gary Hughes took the top prize as overall course winner with a time of 20 minutes and 15 seconds.

James Harrod, of Westbury Harriers, came in as best male child in 22 minutes, 17 seconds followed by best female Lauren Ellis, of Yate and District Athletics Club, in 22 minutes, 31 seconds and Elliot Chard, best youth male (11-18) in 23 minutes 23 seconds.

Keri Siney, in 26 minutes, 22 seconds, was best girl and Catilin Tootell, of Stroud and District Athletics Club, was best female youth in 27 minutes and 48 seconds.

Each runner received a medal and trophies were presented at a ceremony in the school grounds.

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