THE sun shone for the Halstead Fun Run on Sunday as 126 runners tackled the senior course.
The hilly five-mile circuit suited Sudbury residents Paul Preston and Marie Shirley, both running for Colchester Harriers AC.
Preston won the race in a time of 29 minutes 45 seconds, his first race win in more than 25 years, while Shirley eased to first woman in 32.18, as both build up towards the Berlin Marathon in September.
The race was part of a family fun day organised by the town council and based at Halstead Leisure Centre and Ramsey College.
It was expertly directed by Halstead Road Runner Nathan Roulson.
Second place went to Simon Harrison of Harwich Runners and third to Halstead Road Runner Phil Davies in 30.42.
Halstead Road Runner results: 3 Phil Davies 30.42; 10 Sam Wolton 32.54; 14 Matthew Ranson 33.59; 16 Wayne Kern 34.36; 17 Glynn Stone 34.39; 20 Bradley Doe 37.00; 38 Lorraine Garnham 40.33; 39 Russell Sneezum 41.17; 57 Keith Thorogood 45.34; 62 Joanne Roulson 47.42; 75 Julia Woolnough 49.15; 83 Brian Hastings 52.55; 111 Barbara Coe 1.28.56.
In the one-kilometre event for six-to-10-year-olds Halstead Road Runners featured very prominently, lifting the team trophy.
Freddie Trevanion finished first, Vicky Lovegrove second, Matthew Allen fourth and Ethan Constable 56th.
The two-kilometre race for 11-to-15-year-olds was won by Charlie Everest of Great Cornard Middle School, followed by Luke Allen and Emma Lovegrove of Halstead Road Runners, with schoolmate Drew Olley fourth.
Winning team was the Road Runners, with Great Cornard Middle School second and Halstead Youth Council/Ramsey College third.
Other Road Runners finishers were Hayden Challis (eighth) and Lucy Stokes (18th).