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Burton 10k Pudding Run raises £3,000 for charity



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HUNDREDS of festive characters pounded the streets of Burton on Sunday for the fundraising pudding race, making its return after being stopped by pandemic.

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The annual 10km event, organised by the Christchurch Runners club, attracted a mixture of serious and amateur athletes, with each one receiving a 400g Christmas pudding in place of a medal.

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Race director Chris Potter said: “This race has now been taking place for 29 years so we were delighted to be back this December.”

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Early estimations suggest around £3,000 was raised which will be distributed to local groups and charities including Burton Primary School, the Red Cross and Christchurch Rotary Club.

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Race director Chris Potter with winner Lewis Clarke (picture: Steve West)
Race director Chris Potter with winner Lewis Clarke (picture: Steve West)
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The winning time was 33 minutes and 28 seconds achieved by Lewis Clarke. Second was Andy Blow in a time of 35:05, and third was Owen Pitcher with a time of 35:19.

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Participants included veteran runners Ted Tupling (81) and Marian Oates (80).

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Although there were around 500 race entries, a combination of illness and caution over crowded spaces, led to many last-minute drop-outs, leaving 378 runners eventually taking part.

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Chris said: “It was a little disappointing that so many registered competitors were unable to take part, but it meant we had a number of Christmas puddings left over which we will now sell to raise further funds for our charities. It was overcast – but perfect weather for running.

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“Entrants were invited to nominate charities local to the area to receive support, so it could be that we have a few more suggestions for recipients in the next few days.

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“I would like to say a big thank you for all the marshals and Christchurch Runners members who helped put the race on.”

Other results by age:

Men

35-plus: 1st Steve Ross (36:19), 2nd Joe Godden (36:30), 3rd Michael Akers (37:06)

40-plus: 1st Andy Blow (35:05), 2nd Daniel Pope (35:28), 3rd Richard Brawn (36:07)

45-plus: 1st Andrew Humphreys (38:32), 2nd Esref Ozdeir (39:22), 3rd Adam Atkinson (40:45)

50-plus: 1st Mark Packer (38:19), 2nd Jason Christian (39:12), 3rd Paolo De Luca (39:54)

55-plus: 1st Scott Augur (39:41)

60-plus: 1st Stephen Sincock (38:04)

65-plus: 1st Nigel Haywood (46:26)

70-plus: David Heath (48:41)

Women

1st Jessie Lutwyche (20th overall) 38:15 and 1st Senior Age, 2nd Emily Hilliar (39:50), 3rd Lauren Baker-Little (41:11)

35-plus: 1st Natalie Koenig-Moody (46:36), 2nd Sarah Kemp(47:25), 3rd Jo Monk (49:54)

40-plus: 1st Philippa Shawyer (42:37), 2nd Clare Wood (43:44), 3rd Urszula Bednarz (47:13)

45-plus: 1st Elise Dixon (48:56), 2nd Dianne Leonard (50:26)

50-plus: 1st Alison Humphrey (43:30), 2nd Sarah Wheeler (47:50)

55-plus: 1st Debbie Lennon (46:04)

60-plus: 1st Jane Hodge (48:38)

65-plus: 1st Caroline Woodford (49:07)



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