They took to the streets in their hundreds to help a local hospice.

And organisers of the Overgate Hospice 10k run and fun run hope the event will have raised an amazing £20,000.

It is one of the biggest fundraisers organised by the Elland hospice, second only to the Midnight Memory Walk in autumn.

The 10k run is regarded as one of the toughest in the country due to the hilly nature of the course and it attracted runners from across Britain, from as far away as Kent.

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The race winner was Rob James, who finished in 36mins 24 secs.

Hospice fundraiser Rebecca Gill said: “It was a new course this year, but this is Calderdale and it’s difficult to find a flat route.

“The first half of the run from Trinity Academy to Ogden was virtually all uphill - but then again, the second half was mainly downhill.

“There were almost 400 runners for the two races, with a lot of children taking part in the fun run.

“We even had runners dressed in fancy dress, including an Elvis Prelsey or two”.

It was in 1994, following a major fundraising appeal, that a new purpose built inpatient unit with 12 beds was opened by the Duchess of Norfolk. Overgate Hospice is the leading provider of palliative care in Calderdale along with its partnership organisations.

The Hospice needs to raise £6,900 every day.

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