HUNDREDS of runners took part in a men-only race in Huddersfield.
The Run For It five-kilometre race in Greenhead Park yesterday, was organised by Brighouse Round Table to raise money for the Cancer Research UK charity.
About 250 men took part.
The sun made a brief appearance for the event and relatives and friends gathered to cheer on the runners as they completed three laps of the park.
It was the second year the event had been held, as a spin-off from the women-only Race For Life run by Cancer Research UK.
Nigel Watson, of Brighouse Round Table, said: “Many of us have supported wives and girlfriends doing the ladies’ race in the past and one of our members said why can’t we do a race for the blokes.”
Mr Watson said people had many reasons for running.
“Some people say they are taking part because it’s a great charity and some say it’s because they are running for a friend or family member who has had cancer.
“Quite a few men have been persuaded to run by women who have done the ladies’ event.”
Last year 100 people took part and raised £6,000 for the charity. The age limit was 18 and over, but this year the age restrictions were removed so that children could run the race.
The oldest participant was 74 and the youngest was eight-month-old Ben Parsons, who was pushed around the course in his buggy by dad Stephen.
Mr Parsons, of Paddock, was running the race in memory of relatives.
He said: “I am taking part in memory of both my nans, who both died of cancer.
“I haven’t taken part in this kind of event for Cancer Research UK before, but I’ve done a few mini-marathons in London and supported asthma charities.”
Another competitor, Paul Beeby, was running to support workmates.
Mr Beeby, of Elland, said: “I’ve never run this race before, but I have done several marathons.
“I got asked to do this race by people from work as one of them is a member of the Round Table.
“I agreed to take part for a laugh, but I also think it’s a great charity and my grandma died of cancer, so I said I’d do it.”
Mr Watson said the Round Table hopes the event will become bigger and better.
He said: “We want this to become as big as a the ladies’ event. But we need people to come along and take part.”
For more information on the race, visit www.brighouse451.co.uk