PHOTOS: 2,500 runners brave the elements for Harewood House events

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More than 2,500 runners took part in two fundraising events through the picturesque grounds of a stately home near Leeds earlier today.

The annual Harewood House Half Marathon and inaugural 10K were held to raise money for the British Heart Foundation to fund research into coronary heart disease, which is the UK’s single biggest killer.

Runners set off on the Harewood House Half Marathon..26th February 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

Runners set off on the Harewood House Half Marathon..26th February 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

Both races started and finished in front of the grand stately home. David Driver from Burley in Wharfedale won the half marathon event, while Callum Elson from Roundhay, Leeds, claimed victory in the 10k.

BHF running event product manager Helen Wright said: “I would like to thank everyone who took part in the inclement weather conditions, everyone who supported our runners and all of our volunteers. Coronary heart disease is not beaten yet – it remains the single biggest killer in the UK and it’s because of your support that we are able to continue our fight to find a cure.”

The Harewood House events have already raised £86,000 for the charity. Participants are now being urged to return their sponsorship for today’s event online or by setting up a JustGiving page.

The Harewood House Half Marathon.. Winner of the Half Marathon David Driver from Burley in Wharfedale..26th February 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

The Harewood House Half Marathon.. Winner of the Half Marathon David Driver from Burley in Wharfedale..26th February 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

Runners before the start of the Harewood House Half Marathon..26th February 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

Runners before the start of the Harewood House Half Marathon..26th February 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

The Harewood House Half Marathon and 10k..Runners complete the 10k.26th February 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

The Harewood House Half Marathon and 10k..Runners complete the 10k.26th February 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

The Harewood House Half Marathon and 10k..relief for one runner has he completes the 10k.26th February 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

The Harewood House Half Marathon and 10k..relief for one runner has he completes the 10k.26th February 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

The Harewood House Half Marathon and 10k..relief for one runner has he she the 10k.26th February 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

The Harewood House Half Marathon and 10k..relief for one runner has he she the 10k.26th February 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

The Harewood House Half Marathon and 10k. Callum Elson from Roundhay wins the 10k.26th February 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

The Harewood House Half Marathon and 10k. Callum Elson from Roundhay wins the 10k.26th February 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

The Harewood House Half Marathon.. Winner of the Half Marathon David Driver from Burley in Wharfedale..26th February 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

The Harewood House Half Marathon.. Winner of the Half Marathon David Driver from Burley in Wharfedale..26th February 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

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