Hundreds of runners battle muddy conditions in gruelling 10-mile race in Leeds

Runners pass by Temple Newsam House at the start of the 10-mile race. Pictures: Tony Johnson.
Runners pass by Temple Newsam House at the start of the 10-mile race. Pictures: Tony Johnson.
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HUNDREDS of runners tackled a gruelling 10-mile race at a Leeds beauty spot despite facing wet weather and muddy conditions.

More than 700 runners signed up for the course at the Temple Newsam estate, which took participants through woodlands, along country paths and around nearby lakes before eventually reaching the finish line.

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The first ever Temple Newsam Ten Mile (TNT) race was organised by St Theresa’s Athletic Club and was a sold-out event.

Organiser Tracey Piper said: “We didn’t expect it to sell out to be honest but it was a big success and everyone who crossed the line had positive feedback.

“We are now looking to make it an annual event.”

The weather conditions were not enough to put runners off, with the first crossing the finish line in just over an hour.

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Rothwell Harriers runner Mark Smith finished with a time of one hour and five seconds.

The first woman to cross the finish line was Charmaine Horsfall from Pudsey, with a time of one hour, 11 minutes and 45 seconds.

The race was held at the 500-year-old estate in east Leeds yesterday.

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Charmaine Horsfall from Pudsey was the first woman to cross the line.

Charmaine Horsfall from Pudsey was the first woman to cross the line.

Mark Smith of the Rothwell Harriers wins the TNT.

Mark Smith of the Rothwell Harriers wins the TNT.

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