A RECORD-BREAKING run has seen nearly 250 people take part in a fundraising effort in Combe St Nicholas.

The annual 10k event was hosted on Sunday, March 5, by Combe St Nicholas Primary School PFA, with the support of race director Chris Wadey.

This is the 11th year the race has been held and this year saw the traditional 10k competition joined by a 5k and a fun run for children.

There was a record turnout on the day with nearly 250 runners coming from miles around to compete.

Claire Peters, chairman of the PFA, said: “Conditions on the day were tough, with wind and a couple of downpours making those hills even more of a challenge. However, coming across the line with gritted teeth and smiles of achievement the runners certainly didn’t mind.

“Wayne Loveridge took gold for the 10k, with an outstanding time of 35.56, silver went to Alfie Flatters at 41.41, closely followed by Martin Pearce with a time of 41.55.

“Our first 5k was won by Ross Wayne, setting next years’ time to beat at 20.55. Second and third place were won by two twelve year olds Harry Hawkins and returning Combe pupil Sarah Cawley.

“The Fun Run had a record number of entries and was won on the day by Henry Birchall very closely followed by his brother William, third place went to Louis Dann Dumousseau.”

“Combe St Nicholas PFA would like to thank all of our sponsors; 1610, Bright’s Windows, The Green Dragon, Loveridge and Pym, Levitate Architects and Carrick East.

“A special mention needs to be made to Joey Holleran who not only sponsors this event but also puts in a huge effort behind the scenes ensuring the route surface is safe and this year clearing water.

“I would also like to extend my thanks to all the marshals and volunteers who make this event such a success. We have been astounded by the numbers of entries this year, but all our hard work as a team has been made worth it not only by the record amount of money raised for the school but also the positive feedback and thanks received from the runners.”