Blackpool’s 10k fun run along the Promenade has raised more than £56,000 for the resort’s hospice.
More than 2,800 people took part in the Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k event on May 12, with their entry fees going to organisers Trinity Hospice.
Many runners also decided to raise money to support the hospice and Brian House Children’s Hospice.
It was the first year that Trinity, based on Low Moor Road, Bispham, had taken over organising the event, having been handed the reins by Beaverbrooks, which has put on the event for the past 30 years.
Trinity’s Collette Goodwin said: “It was a real learning curve for all the team, but we were overwhelmed by the support for this event.
“Beaverbrooks had built it up into a big and well respected regional run over the years, and we knew it would attract some very serious club runners, as well as those running for fun.
“We had more than 2,800 runners in total, which is no mean feat, especially on a cold, wet, windy day.”
Included in the list of runners was a team of firemen, running in their full fire kit, as they have done in previous years to raise money for Trinity.
Firefighter Matt Pendlebury said: “It was really good.
“Obviously the weather was not the best, but we all managed to finish it and managed our best ever time of one hour, 14 minutes.
“We didn’t stay together during the race, but we all met up just before the end so we could finish it together.”
The team raised £242 for Trinity, which is a charity close to many of the firefighters’ hearts.
“We raised more than we expected. Normally we’ve got anything from £70 to £150. This is a good amount for us, and we’re all really pleased with what we’ve done,” added Matt.
All the money donated to Trinity is spent on patient care at the hospice and Brian House. Collette added: “The event has been a big boost to us all here.
“We are really pleased with the way everything went. We had competitors from all over the UK – the youngest were 11 years old and the oldest were in their 80s.
“A lot of people were sponsored for Trinity or Brian House and it will be a week or two yet before all the revenues are in, but so far we’ve cleared £56,000 and more is promised.”