The streets of Derby were a riot of colour today as thousands of runners pulled on their trainers for one of the region’s biggest charity road runs.
The Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon was hailed a huge success as participants from across the country crossed the finish line, clocking up a huge cash boost for a host of good causes.
The runners were cheered by enthusiastic spectators as they made their way around the course which started and finished at Derby County’s Pride Park stadium.
First across the finish line was Steven Bayton who romped to victory in a time of 1:08:33. Dave Archer took second place in 1:12:07, with Andy Harding finishing third in 1:13:47.
Sally Walker was the first woman home in 1:31:20 followed by Lisa Giampalma who clocked 1:31:48 for second spot and Kate Knox who took third in 1:31:51.
Also across the finish line was Rebecca Watts, running in memory of her son, Alex, who last December died of brain cancer just a few days before his 14th birthday. Rebecca was raising money for CLIC Sargent, which helped the family during their difficult time.
There was no need to commit to the full 13.1 miles to join in the fun thanks to the Timms Solicitors Derby Family Fun Run, in which families and friends tackled a two-mile course.
It was the first time that not-for-profit organisation Run For All had organised the Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon – formerly known as Ramathon.
Tristan Batley-Kyle, Run For All’s head of events, said: “We are delighted with the success of our first Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon. The runners received wonderful support from the crowds and, of course, the big winners are the many charities which benefit from the event.”
Mandy Rivett, Asda Foundation Coordinator, said: “We are delighted to be involved with such a high-profile run in Derby and it was excellent to see so many runners taking part for such good causes."
Runners were able to run for a good cause of their own choice or for one of the event’s official partner charities which were the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Derby Hospitals Charity, Canaan Trust and Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.
The run was supported by the Asda Foundation, Derby City Council, Derby County FC, Up & Running, High5, Arla Protein, Runderwear, Active Derbyshire, Timms Solicitors, Aftershokz, bananakick, Gem and Hertz.