Heavy rain did not deter hardy runners

Runners faced several inches of water on parts of the course as the torrential rain affected the race
Runners faced several inches of water on parts of the course as the torrential rain affected the race

Runners braved the torrential rain hitting Leyland to burn off the Christmas calories in the Boxing Day 10k race.

Despite the weather, 226 hardy runners tackled the course in and around Worden Park on Saturday morning.

But it was around 100 runners fewer than expected.

The race got underway at 10am but as the rain continued to fall, some parts of the course became covered in several inches of water.

First across the line was Luke Betts, from Sale Harriers, in 33 minutes 14 seconds, with Liverpool Harriers’ Richard Burney in second place in 33 minutes 26 seconds and Gary Pennington, from Preston Harriers, finishing third in 34 minutes two seconds.

The first woman to finish was Helen Whitby, from Northern Veterans AC, in 41 minutes 26 seconds.

A festive medal was presented to all runners.

Race organiser Steve Ashcroft said: “Most people said thanks very much for keeping it on.

“We have had two complaints but the rest are so happy. For some strange reason they all enjoyed it.”

The relentless rain led to the cancellation of other popular events across the county, including the Longridge Pram Race on Saturday and Ribble Valley 10k on Sunday,