Runners make a Great Escape on 10k route into countryside
RUNNERS raced through Shepton Mallet on Sunday for a new 10k run called the Shepton Great Escape.
More than 200 people entered the event which started at Shepton's leisure centre and left the town past the famous prison, weaving through the streets before escaping on to scenic country lanes.
Karen Allum, manager of the leisure centre, said: "It was really successful. Everyone enjoyed themselves and there were no accidents or injuries. They said the route was challenging but scenic."
Wells Harriers were out in force with 19 runners. They celebrated numerous successes with Nathan Young crossing the finish line in 34:43 and his younger brother Kieran taking fourth place in 37:23 as the leading junior.
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Tara Lintern, another Wells Harriers runner, was the first woman across the line in 45:03.
All 203 finishers were awarded a medal and goody bag at the end of the race.
Also on the day was a 1k run for children.
Karen said: "There was a 1k fun run and we had about 20 enter and they all had certificates."
The event was put on by 1610, which manages Shepton Leisure Centre, and Total Buzz Events.
The two suggested causes for runners to raise funds for were Macmillan Cancer Support and Shepton Mallet Astro Turf Appeal (SMATA). SMATA aims to raise £250,000 over the next 12 months to replace the astro turf pitch. If money is not raised it will have to close on health and safety grounds.