Annual Woodbridge Road Race raises record £12,000 for charity
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Hundreds of enthusiastic runners gathered under sunny skies yesterday for Woodbridge’s most popular annual road race.
Organised by the Woodbridge Shufflers Running Club, the Round-The-Town charity race is now in its 37th year – and proved to be bigger and better than ever.
The event raised a record £12,000 for five local charities: Barnardos, Cancer Campaign in Suffolk, East Anglian Air Ambulance, Friends of St Mary’s Primary School, and The Miscarriage Association.
While the 778 grown ups took on the 10km at 12pm, 179 juniors were tried their hand at a 1.5km race for runners aged between seven and 15.
The event is always incredibly popular with runners from across the county, and this year was no exception – with both races fully booked within 45 minutes of applications opening in March.
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The male and female winners of the 10km race were awarded with a £50 cash prize, while those in second place took home £25, and the bronze medal was worth £10.
The winner of the male race, Andrew Rooke from the Framlingham Flyers, said the atmosphere was akin to the Tour de France. He smashed his previous record – completing the 10k in just 31 minutes and 52 seconds, while Eliza Bostock from the Hadleigh Hares won the women’s race in an impressive 40 minutes and 10 seconds.
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Rosie Denny, one of the race marshals, said it was an “absolutely brilliant” day.
“The weather has been cracking,” she said. “Most people said it was hot and it was hard but I am so pleased I did it.”
This was a year of many firsts, as the newly-elected mayor of Woodbridge David Mortimer made one of his first public outings in the role, while it was also a debut for race director Paul Wright.
Mr Wright added that he wanted to thank the volunteers who helped run the event – as it would not be possible without them.
The 10km course consisted of a short 600m section from the start to Market Hill, and then continued for two laps through the streets of Woodbridge.
In order to allow the races to take place safely, a number of roads were closed for a time – including Theatre Street, New Street and Burkitt Road.
Last year, charities chosen by the family of a grandmother-of-three who died of breast cancer benefitted from a record-breaking £11,000 raised at the road race.