Photo gallery: Record turnout for Break charity's Stody run

PUBLISHED: 19:27 09 March 2014 | UPDATED: 19:35 09 March 2014

A team of tutu-wearing

A team of tutu-wearing "mermaids" negotiating the water. Photo: Karen Bethell


A record 300 runners turned out to take part in an annual cross country event today, in aid of Norfolk-based charity Break.

The run, which has been held on the Stody estate at Hunworth, near Holt, since 2006, was organised by Break with the help of Stody estate manager Ross Haddow, who donated £50 to the person raising the most sponsorship, and North Norfolk Beach Runners secretary Terry Quigley, who mapped out the route, supervised timings and recruited a team of marshals.

Sunday’s event kicked off with a two-mile, under 13s run - which attracted runners as young as four - followed by under 17s, adults, and dogs and owners races.

Break fundraising manager Michael Rooney said 120 people had pre-registered this year, with around 180 more turning out on the day.

“I think that every year, Break is getting better at getting the message out,” he said. “And that, coupled with the fact that people know that by running, they will be helping young people in care and moving on, children with disabilities or at risk, and families in need of support, makes people really keen to take part.”

Runners, ranging from children and grandparents, to seasoned club members from all over the county, registered at Hunworth village hall, before setting off on a countryside trek through the picturesque Stody estate.

Justin Lawton, who took part for the second year running with his wife Natasha and their children Luca, 7, and Natasha, 4, said: “It is a really lovely event. It is nice to get the kids involved and the beauty is that while you are having fun, a lot of money is being raised for a very good cause.”

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