The rain may have been kept at bay, but strong winds proved a challenge for more than 2,000 people who turned out for the Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k Fun Run.
The runners lined the Promenade outside the Hilton, Blackpool, ready to race to Blackpool Pleasure Beach and back in the name of charity yesterday.
Many runners were raising money for the event’s organisers, Trinity Hospice, but plenty of others were raising funds for other charities, including Joe’s Dream to Walk, HedzUp and Cancer Research UK.
First across the finish line in an astonishing 34 minutes was 38-year-old Tom Jenkins of Sheffield.
He took part in the race while visiting family in Blackpool.
“It was really windy and difficult at times,” Tom said. “It was really hard with such a strong headwind but I didn’t have a target in mind – I just wanted to enjoy the day.”
The first female to finish was 19-year-old Charlotte Evans of Wrea Green.
It’s the first time Charlotte had taken part in a 10k and she was pleased with her time of 39 minutes.
Charlotte said: “It was OK. I pushed myself a but too hard at the beginning, but hearing everyone shouting and screaming for me kept me going.”
Trinity’s fundraising manager Linzi Young said: “Over the last few days the weather has been awful, so we were thrilled so many people took part on the day.
“This is a massive community event, and we couldn’t do it without the help and support of our volunteers who marshalled for us on the day.”