Hundreds of runners of all ages were pounding the pavements in Huddersfield this morning – before many had even had their breakfast.
And it was all in aid of Kirkwood Hospice.
The Kirkwood 10k Trail Run was first organised in 2012 with the help of John Philpott, as a way to raise funds in memory of his wife Joanne, who sadly died in 2010 after lung cancer spread to her brain.
Runners assembled at the Leeds Road Sports complex from around 9.30am for registration and a high-energy warm-up routine.
The 2k Fun Run was held first as adult runners lined the edge of the route and cheered many to the finish line.
But all eyes then turned to the adult race and runners made their way down the length of the field to the start.
The race saw around 200 runners take on the 10k route which began with a lap of the playing fields before a circular route heading along Leeds Road and up to Deighton, Fartown and back to the playing fields.
Runner Graham Teal, 54, of Brighouse said: ”I’ve run it all three years it’s been held. Kirkwood is a fantastic charity and I think everyone knows someone who has been supported by them.
“I did it in 49 minutes last year but I’ve had an injury so that may hold me back. Whatever time I do it’s a great day and a worthy cause.”
Friends Suzanne Henderson, 35, and Kate Lane, 26, both primary school teachers, said: ”We are both trying to be keen runners and building it up gradually so 10K is a good distance. We hope to do it in under an hour.”
Richard Hill, 43, of Hebden Bridge said: ”This is my first 10k and the furthest I’ve run before this is 5k so it’s the last 5k I’m worried about.
“I just wanted to get involved to support the hospice and I am running as part of a work's team.”
Also on the start line was mum Christine Crowther, 58, of Brighouse, and her daughter Grace. Christine said: ”I am a bank staff nurse at Kirkwood and a keen runner so happy to take part and have run all the three years its been held.
“My daughter Grace is also running today and is doing the Yorkshire Marathon next month, also for Kirkwood. We are aiming all our sponsorship for that!”
Grace, 29, a research scientist at Leeds University, added: “I am hoping this will stand me in training for the marathon. I’ve never done one before so its a personal goal for a great cause.”
For more information on Kirkwood Hospice or to donate go to www.kirkwoodhospice.co.uk