SLIDESHOW: Raising cash for good cause in Epworth fun run and half marathon

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Roadrunners from The Isle of Axholme took to the streets on Sunday for the town’s fourth annual half marathon.

Popularity for the event is growing each year and more than two dozen took part in the main race this time.

Epworth Fun Run.  Family, friends and supporters all dressed in pink.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Epworth Fun Run. Family, friends and supporters all dressed in pink. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

The hotly contested 13.1 mile run took the race through Epworth’s Market Place and through areas including Owston Ferry and Beltoft with more than 100 also taking part in the day’s fun run.

Organiser Julian Moorhouse said: “We were very lucky with the weather – it was a spectacular day.

“I think we had 30 people in the half marathon and many more in the fun run. It was a real success.

“It was great to see so many people get stuck in to raise money for a good cause – they did a great job.

“It’s been a fantastic day for the Isle – everyone should be proud of themselves.”

Many runners in the fun run were raising charity cash to support local woman Anna Verrico, who started treatment for breast cancer on Monday.

Anna’s husband Paul said he was very grateful for everyone’s support and he added: “We’re very pleased and touched that so many people have made the effort to support us at this very difficult time.

“I’m not sure how much we’ve raised but it must be at the least a grand. That is fantastic to us as a family – it’s lovely for people to make the effort.

“Everyone is affected by cancer – it touches every family and I think that’s why people have been so supportive.

“They didn’t need to give up their Sunday morning but they did and we’re very grateful.”

He further added: “Two cafes in town – Mojos and JDs – have given their takings for the day and that’s amazing.

“I think we had 30 people in the half marathon and 150 in the fun run raising cash for the cause and we’re grateful to all of them.

“We’re truly honoured and humbled that so many people gave up part of their time to help out.”

The main event was won by Salford Harriers ace Pumlani Bangani who set an early pace before racing home in an impressive 75 minutes and 23 seconds.

The first woman to cross the finish line was Haxey’s Jayne Baldwin in 89 minutes and 2 seconds.

There was also a fun run which took place before the main event, which was organised through members of the Metres To Miles shop in Epworth’s town centre.