Runners make light of rain for charity event

The 2012 Thurston fun run, starting from the New Green Community Centre.
The 2012 Thurston fun run, starting from the New Green Community Centre.
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AN ACTIVE community braved the weather for fun and fund-raising at a charity event.

Thurston Fun Run saw nearly 180 runners of all ages, shapes and sizes turn out on Sunday.

The 2012 Thurston fun run, starting from the New Green Community Centre.

The 2012 Thurston fun run, starting from the New Green Community Centre.

Runners took part in either 3km or 10km races and raised money for causes of their choosing.

Organiser Grant Hughes said the fund-raising was a bonus at an event which brings the community together every year.

“It’s a social thing where eveyone can come out, do a little bit of running, relax and maybe enjoy a pint afterwards.

“You might not see a lot of people normally during the year because of work or whatever else, but this brings everyone together and is a lot of fun,” he said.

The 2012 Thurston fun run, starting from the New Green Community Centre.

The 2012 Thurston fun run, starting from the New Green Community Centre.

Setting out from the New Green Centre, the run was headed off by the ‘serious’ runners, with mens and ladies races being held in both distances.

They were followed by fun runners who provided some colour under grey skies with a range of fancy dress.

Participants included runners from Thurston Primary School and Tinkerbells Day Nursery.

Mr Hughes said the organisers – who also include Dennis Whiting, Andy Cawdell and Peter Skoyles – had already begun preparations for next year.

The 2012 Thurston fun run, starting from the New Green Community Centre.

The 2012 Thurston fun run, starting from the New Green Community Centre.

The event will be held on May 5 and Mr Hughes said he was looking forward to it getting ‘bigger and better’.

“We were chuffed with this time and we just hope we can keep going year after year,” he said.