VIDEO: 300 take part in Rugby fun run

Hundreds of runners took part in the fifth annual Ready Steady Fun Run on Sunday - including Rugby’s MP.

The event, organised by the Rugby and Northampton Athletics Club, was a target race for female beginner runners who started training three months ago.

Organiser Kay Shaw said: “Most of these ladies put on a pair of trainers in February for the first time ever. Over 40 ladies from the beginners group successfully completed the run and most have caught the running bug and are now determined to go on to run longer distances.”

They were joined by more experienced runners as well as athletes from across the area.

A total of 300 entrants took part this year, making it the biggest event so far.

MP Mark Pawsey took part in the race and also presented the trophies to the winners, while Jason Moss from Rugby FM kept the crowds entertained.

Races for children were held after the man event, with youngsters receiving medals.

Kay said: “It went brilliantly. We had 300 runners, loads of children in the kid’s race, we raised lots of money for Rugby Young Carers, collected a huge pile of food for Rugby Foodbank and the sun shone.”

The money raised will fund a trip to Cannock Chase later in the year for the young carers. Mr Pawsey said: “I was delighted to take part in, and finish, the 5k fun run last weekend.”