Hundreds of hardy runners battled horizontal rain along steep hills on a New Year’s Day charity fundraiser.
Some 238 volunteers of all ages and abilities raised cash for the Motor Neurone Disease Association at the seventh annual Barkisland ‘Race 4 A Laugh’.
Despite gales and rain, serious club runners took on the main 5km course from Barkisland Cricket Club to Ringstone Edge Reservoir at Krumlin and back.
The best of the competitors finished the main course in approximately 20 minutes while less keen runners – including children, older people and dogs – sauntered around the one-mile fun route.
Last year’s Race 4 a Laugh raised £1,600 despite a scanter than average turnout. The cash was shared between Overgate Hospice and the special baby care unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax.
But this year’s race enjoyed a healthier attendance despite atrocious weather.
Gail Herring, chair of the Barkisland Race 4 a Laugh committee, said: “It’s not really ideal running conditions but up here we’re hardy and we’re used to it.
“The runners are committed to the race and we’re committed to fundraising and bringing families together.”
Cash was also raised in a raffle and auction with prizes donated by Land Rover, Bradley Hall Golf Club and local businesses.
Gail added: “I’m delighted so many people have come.
“We’ve been watching the weather and we lost a lot of people last year so I’m really pleased about how it’s gone this year.”
Former cricketer and umpire Mr Hamer, 65, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in March.
It is a rare condition where parts of the nervous system become damaged causing progressive weakness, usually with muscle wasting.
The disease can cause difficulties in gripping, walking, speaking, swallowing and even breathing.
A stalwart of the Halifax Cricket League and Blackley Cricket Club, Mr Hamer first picked up a bat at Barkisland Cricket Club, aged 11.
He was instrumental in encouraging talent among young players setting up both the junior and Sunday sections of the league.