Hundreds flock to Hethersett fun run

Participants in the 2016 Hethersett Village Fun Run

Participants in the 2016 Hethersett Village Fun Run - Credit: Archant

More than 200 runners and walkers aged from three to 73 took part in the seventh annual Hethersett Village Fun Run.

The run followed a two-mile course along traditional village roads, starting and finishing outside Hethersett Junior School and progressing along Queen's Road, Great Melton Road, Mill Road, New Road and Old Norwich Road.

This year the event was led off by riders from Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club which is celebrating its golden anniversary.

Club founder and current secretary Mel Perkins was the honorary starter.

First home in the funr un was Adam Lewis in just over 11 minutes and the other 214 people taking part finished in the following 45 minutes.

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Torrential early morning rain gave way to sunshine in an event that was first conceived as part of the village's run up to the 2012 London Olympics and which later became part of the ongoing Hethersett Olympic Legacy.

Village roads along the route were closed off to traffic during the run, which took place on June 26.

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Volunteers from Crusaders Rugby Club and Hethersett Academy acted as marshals.

Hethersett parish councillor and Treasurer of Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association, Shane Hull, said: 'We are very pleased to say that all 215 people taking part finished for the seventh year running and there were no injuries.

'We are very grateful to everyone who supported the event'.

An inter-denominational church service was held before the fun run at Hethersett Junior School and was led by the rector of Hethersett, the Rev Derek McClean. About 50 people attended.

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