Sun shines on fun run

HOT FOOTING IT: The runners set off at pace.
HOT FOOTING IT: The runners set off at pace.

Perfect conditions greeted nearly 500 competitors who completed Good Friday’s Sudbury Fun Run.

Starting in Station Road runners enjoyed the sunshine on the five-mile course which culminated in a finish at the town’s Belle Vue Park.

The annual event is expected to have raised thousands of pounds for The Bridge Project, The Marion Blower Appeal and the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

The race was won by Andrew Ridley, of Colchester Harriers, who completed the distance in 27 minutes and 10 seconds.

Jonathan Price, one of the organisers of the race, which was first staged in 1981, said the event had once again proved popular.

“It was another good morning and although there are always a few areas which can be improved we are happy with how everything went,” he said.

For the first time in its history the race used microchip timing to allow runners to accurately record their time.

Mr Price said that this had “worked well”, as had the introduction of a cup for the first person over the age of 50 to finish.

Colin Ridley, of Colchester Harriers, took home the trophy, which was sponsored by Sudbury opticians Wardale Williams, after coming in fourth overall, and Bobbie Sauerzapf, of the Bungay Black Dog Running Club, was the fastest woman in the category.

“I was really proud to watch people competing for the Wardale Williams Cup and huge congratulations go to Colin and Bobbie on becoming its first winners,” said company director Martin Russ.

“I am so glad so many people took part in the event and raised so much money for many good causes.”

Hundreds of others walked the course following the main race.

Sudbury mayor Adrian Osborne presented the cups and prizes on the day.

Picures taken by Tim Ranson.