Lingfield Marathon Fun Run a success despite the weather
HUNDREDS of runners, joggers and walkers braved the wet and cold weather to take part in the 30th Lingfield Marathon Fun Run.
Although the dire conditions apparently put a few people off, the 469 participants who showed up on Sunday did so with enthusiasm.
Spirits were kept up by the array of sideshow stalls and music that blared over the grounds of the Young Epilepsy charity in St Piers Lane, where the races started and finished.
Participants of all ages and abilities took part in the ten and six-mile run and the six-mile walk, from members of local athletic clubs to first-timers and those who just fancied a good long walk.
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Tom Wilkes, 28, a managing director from Lingfield, was looking forward to getting to the end of the six-mile course.
He said: "I have been running for two weeks but this is the first time since I was in school that I've done something like this. I did about five miles a few days ago and it wasn't too bad so hopefully the extra mile shouldn't be too much trouble."
Many participants praised the event for raising money for a number of good causes. Cash is still coming in and the beneficiaries have yet to be decided.
Samantha Parren, 32, a personal trainer from Horley, did the six-mile run.
She said ahead of the race: "I've never run that distance before so I'm looking forward to it. There are a few of us running together so we're just going to try and get around."
As the runners set off to a stalled start – the gun failed to fire first time for every race – their supporters were left behind to enjoy the stalls.
Steve Bishop, 45, an antiques dealer from Hurst Green, finished first in the six-mile run with a time of 36 minutes and 20 seconds.
He said: "It is a nice new course and it's a bit different from when I have done this before but the event is very well marshalled. I was quite quick but it was hard going."