And they’re off!

More than 1,200 people spent Mother’s Day running the 10k route from Thornes Park to Horbury, and back again, as part of the Wakefield Hospice city road race.

And children as young as two years old took part in a 1k fun run around Clarence Park.

Wakefield Hospice 10K - Fun run entrants Richard Mostyn-Jones with daughters Connie & Marie

Wakefield Hospice 10K - Fun run entrants Richard Mostyn-Jones with daughters Connie & Marie

Organiser Samantha Wood said: “We were aiming to raise £25,000, but the hospice is well on its way to smashing this target. Sponsorship is still coming in, but we are hopeful that the local community will have been supportive of our runners.

“We are very proud to host this event in Wakefield, as not only does it contribute to the £3.2m fundraising target, it also allows the community to take part in a fun and exciting event.”

Proving they were better than the competition, both of the winners from last year’s 10k took first place on the podium again.

First across the finish line was Mark Warmby, 32 of Holmfirth, with a time of 30 minutes and 57 seconds.

And the first woman back was Horbury High School PE teacher Helen Singleton, 28, of Ossett with a time of 35 minutes and 19 seconds.

The Wakefield District Harriers runner helped her team of teachers from Horbury to the top spot and took the bragging rights over Ossett Academy, which also entered a team of teachers.

Claiming the top prizes for the fun run were Rothwell Harriers members Josh Brown and Jasmine Laidler, both 13. The event also saw its oldest competitor Jack Parker, 81, of Notton, take part.

Lee Manning, 29, dressed as a pink hippo as his friends raised more than £5,000 for the Ben Manning Trust, which was set up in memory of his brother who drowned after going missing in Wakefield city centre.

l See www.wakefield express.co.uk for a slideshow of runners.