Soggy pud on the menu for runners

VIcky Clayton, Lena Conlin and Annette Stanthorpe

VIcky Clayton, Lena Conlin and Annette Stanthorpe

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RUNNERS braved cold and rainy weather to take part in one of the city’s most popular road races.

The annual Percy Pud race attracted more than 1,500 hardy souls to the Loxley Valley, where they battled high winds and heavy downpours to complete the 10km course.

Some participants got into the festive spirit by donning seasonal outfits such as Santa Claus costumes, with one runner even dressing up as a Christmas pud.

The race is organised by the Steel City Striders, and all proceeds are donated to charities throughout South Yorkshire.

Since the first event in 1993, the 10k has grown in popularity, and traditionally each finisher receives a Christmas pudding to mark their achievement.

This year Andrew Ward, from Clowne Athletics Club, and Fiona Davies, from Barnsley Athletics Club, were the first runners to reach the finishing line.

It is the third time Andrew has taken first place.

For the past decade, the event has been organised by Richard Dunk, a hydrant technician for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Richard said: “It’s been hard work over the last ten years, with a lot of effort involved in organising each race, but at the same time it’s been really enjoyable and rewarding.”

The race starts on Loxley Road and turns at Low Bradfield.