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Fancy of glass of wine and a few crisps? It's a charity run with a difference - the wineathlon

Almost 1000 people ran, walked or wobbled the nine-mile event in aid of the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust

It was a charity run with a difference with the runners stopping for a tipple ... and even a few nibbles.

But the Great Yorkshire Wineathlon at Thurstonland Cricket Club was a great success with 1,000 people taking part.

And the nine-mile event will have raised a huge amount for the main charity the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust along with several other charities.

People paid £15 to register and take part and then raised what they could for the charity of their choice.

It was organised by Team OA that organises the Huddersfield Marathon and event organiser Wane Law said: “People tend to just raise a fiver or a tenner for their charity so it’s easily manageable. It’s all about taking part in the event.”

The Holme Valley event began and finished at Thurstonland cricket club with wine stations replacing the normal water stations along the way at Farnley Tyas, Castle Hill, Honley and Brockholes.

Take a look at our pictures of the event - keep an eye out for some fantastic fancy dress.

Each station offered samples from different wine regions – Australian, Spanish, French and Italian. And each served around 60 bottles.

Wane added: “It was either red or wine and cost £6 or £7 a bottle. People just had a taste and they could also have crisps – after all you need some crisps if you’re drinking wine – and they could also have water. Some people ran round the course while others just strolled and took four or five hours to complete the course.”

The run it also attracted people into the area from far and wide including Newcastle, Cumbria, Warrington and Chesterfield.

Many of the hundreds of runners donned fancy dress, including some keeping to the boozy theme, dressed as wine boxes, bunches of grapes and blue nuns.

Blue nun anyone?

And on their return to Thurstonland a huge after party was held for those who ran, walked or crawled their way round.

It featured stalls, live entertainment from two local bands and The Pulse radio roadshow.


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