Burton 10k Pudding Run raises £3,000 for charity
HUNDREDS of festive characters pounded the streets of Burton on Sunday for the fundraising pudding race, making its return after being stopped by pandemic.
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.
Race director Chris Potter said: “This race has now been taking place for 29 years so we were delighted to be back this December.”
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.
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.
Participants included veteran runners Ted Tupling (81) and Marian Oates (80).
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.
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.
“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.
“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:
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)
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)