Runners brave blistering heat at Pudsey 10K

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More than 400 runners braved scorching temperatures on the hottest day of the year so far to complete the 27th Pudsey 10K race.

Race organisers laid on extra water for competitors taking on the challenge which started at Pudsey Cenotaph.

Runners then followed the course through Bankhouse Lane, Black Carr Woods, Ned Lane, Tyersal Beck, Greenside and Fartown before reaching the finish in Pudsey Park.

Race director Elaine Allen said around 450 runners took part in the main race, which was won by John Hobbs, of Valley Striders running club, in a time of 36min 42sec.

The first female finisher was Ellie Kitchen, of Bingley Harriers, in 45min 40sec.

Among those taking on the challenge included amputee Colin Young. Postal worker Mr Young, from Bradford, recently lost a leg in an road accident and decided to take on the course with the aid of a prosthetic limb.

A 400m run for children under eight years of age was also held in the park followed by a 2.75K family fun run.

Over £3,000 is expected to be raised from the event, which was staged by Pudsey Pacers running club.

The proceeds will be donated to three charities including Marie Curie Care.

Funds will also go to Leeds-based charity Getaway Girls, a project aiming to help young woman.

Money raised will help local youngsters by funding a youth cafe based at Cafe Lux, in Pudsey.

Ms Allen: “It was great to see so many people turn out once again for what is always a lovely community occasion.

“It was nice to see everyone get around safely and well done to everyone for making the effort in the heat.

“The run is always well supported by the community and local businesses.

“We are already looking forward to organising next year’s race and helping out local good causes.”

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