MORE than 700 people took part in the sun drenched Oldbury Fun Run, with thousands of pounds now expected to be raised to help children with cancer.

The annual run in Oldbury-on-Severn is one of the biggest events of its kind in the South West, attracting serious runners, enthusiastic joggers and families who just want to walk the four-mile course.

They also raise much needed funds for the children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent, as well as a number of village-related charities and events.

Chris Awde, chairman of the organising team, said: "We had the most fantastic day. The turn-out was really good, with people coming from far and wide.

"It was a great family event and the feedback we have already received is very good.

"We hope to have raised about £10,000 but we won't really know until all the sponsorship comes in and we know how much the various stalls raised."

The competitive road race was won by Chris Mcmillan, of Bristol, who completed in just over 20 minutes, 28 seconds.

First woman home was Mr Awde's daughter, Rebecca, 29, of Clifton, in 23 minutes, 13 seconds, while in a good day for the family, her 28-year-old brother, David, was fourth in 22 minutes, 37 seconds.

More than 35 pupils from Oldbury Primary School also came under starter's orders - the job of officially getting everyone on the road falling to Thornbury restaurant star and top businesswoman, Romy Gill.

Many members of her family and restaurant staff were among the runners, who turned out in force as the weather was so good.

Organisers also put on a range of other attractions, including a display of classic cars and other vehicles, a puppet show, skittles, food stalls and live music in the garden of the Anchor pub.

The recently opened village community shop served up coffee, teas and cakes, with more refreshments available at the school.

Mr Awde said: "The fun run is such a brilliant event which brings the whole community together and is a great example of great team work by about 50 volunteers to get it all organised.

"It's especially nice to see so many children having a really good time."