Howard to the fore in first Bunny Run

The start of the 10k race at this year's first ever Bunny Run at Lea with eventual winner Christine Howard pictured far left.
The start of the 10k race at this year's first ever Bunny Run at Lea with eventual winner Christine Howard pictured far left.
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The true Brit spirit was out in force for the first Lea 10km and 5km family fun ‘Bunny Run’ in aid of fundraising for Lea Primary School.

Runners came from all over the region, including Derby, Chesterfield, Ilkeston, Heanor, Belper, Duffield and Darley Dale to join in the activities and run a picturesque yet challenging route in the rain, starting and finishing at Lea Green Development Centre.

The winner of the 10km race was Christine Howard, of Matlock Athletic Club, with a time of 42:59, while Ryan Ball of Heanor had a time of 43;22.

The under 16yrs winner was Dominic Attenborough in 1:02:21, with John Webster being the fastest male and Elizabeth Webster the fastest female 5km under 16yrs.

The competitiveness was brought to the fore with children and parents being challenged to the 5km race and even the littlest legs of Rose Henning (aged four) managed to complete the course in her wellies.

Children who stayed at Lea Green were entertained by Village Games activities and an Easter egg hunt so all had good fun.

Some comments from the day included: “…. we all really enjoyed it. It goes to show some of the low key events in beautiful surroundings with lots of kids activities are more memorable than big city events….. We attend events like this all the time and this was the best one so far. It was a great day.”

Runners were welcomed back with a warming cup of tea and home cooked muffins and then were tempted by a barbecue of Maycock’s hotdogs and burgers.

The event was kindly sponsored by Derbyshire County Council, who provided the venue at Lea Green Development Centre, Severn Trent Water, who provided the refreshments, John Smedley, who provided the trophies, and also Lloyds Pharmacy, Peak Insurance and Lea Gardens.

Congratulations to the organising committee and those who helped make it successful.

Watch out next year for another Bunny Run.