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It was women who made all the running in the annual Wakefield Hospice 10k.

The number of female entrants was 30 per cent higher than last year, making the ratio of women to men taking part almost equal.

Wakefield hospice 10k and fun run, Thornes Park, Wakefield

Wakefield hospice 10k and fun run, Thornes Park, Wakefield

In total 1,550 runners took part in the main 10k road race with families taking part in the 1k fun run and 12 mascots competing in a mascot race.

Event fundraiser Danielle Cain said: “It’s the biggest turn out we have had in years.

“This year we have seen a fantastic uptake from women. A group of 23 Weight Watchers members, alongside two local running clubs – Born to Run Netherton and Wakefield Running Mamas – have all got behind the event.

“The response to this year’s race has been overwhelming.”

Outwood MP Ed Balls started the main race on Lawefield Lane, as well as taking part himself alongside Horbury and Ossett councillor Rory Bickerton. Team Ed Balls raised more than £1,000 for the Aberford Road hospice.

Mr Balls, who finished the race in just under an hour, said: “There was a fabulous atmosphere on Sunday and it was a real pleasure to join thousands of local runners to raise money for such a great cause.”

Nathaniel Williams crossed the line in first, while Nathan Richards was the first wheelchair competitor returning to the Thornes Park finish line.

Horbury High School PE teacher Helen Singleton won the women’s race for the fifth year running. She came in at tenth overall with a time of 36 minutes 26 seconds.

Fellow Wakefield & District Harriers runner Sarah Bothswaite who crossed the finish line shortly after, said: “It’s a nice course to run, great on the way back as it’s mainly downhill.”

Team Tracy ran in memory of Tracy Searles, who died of cancer at the hospice last year, aged 44.

Tracy’s sister-in-law Clare Searles, one of the 24 running in the team, said: “The work that they do at the hospice is fantastic, which we experienced first hand, not only to Tracy but to her family as well.

“We were all non-runners who trained hard for the event and we’ve raised close to £3,000 between us. It was a memorable day and we’re all determined to do it again next year.”

Harratts sponsored this year’s event as well as entering a team of 10 staff members which included managing director Shaun Harratt.

Together staff from the car dealership raised an additional £2,000 from their run.

Wakefield Hospice is confident that they will clear their £40,000 fundraising target once all money has been collected.