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Dozens of runners braved blizzard conditions to take part in Run Fit Hartlepool's 15K Winter Trail Race.

Thursday, 8th March 2018, 2:09 pm
Updated Thursday, 8th March 2018, 2:20 pm
Hart Trail Race.
Hart Trail Race.

Close to 180 competitors from around the region took on the snow and ice in the event around Hart Village last weekend.

The race winner was Vaughan Godber, from Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers, closely followed by Paul Dalton and David Bently.

Hart Trail Race.

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The first female to complete the race was Kirsty Lowery, ahead of runner-up Kimberley Reeve and third-placed Sophie McPhillips.

Andrew Lilley, founder and director of Run Fit Hartlepool said: “Snow and blizzards was not my intention when I set the date for this 15k Trail Race.

“Having encouraged beginners to get involved, the event suddenly become more of a challenge than anticipated.

“To see everyone return, having being challenged by the route and weather conditions was amazing.”

Hart Trail Race.

The race was open to everyone, from beginners to elite runners, and was a run out and back through the Dene and along the Hart to Haswell Walkway from Hart Village Hall.

Despite the weather, the event was a huge success with 177 runners taking part.

Hartlepool Run Fit welcomed runners from Washington, Sunderland, Peterlee and Bishop Auckland, as well as from the town and surrounding areas.

Andrew added: “The weather added to the atmosphere and camaraderie amongst the runners, volunteers and marshals.

Hart Trail Race.

“Runners battled through ankle deep mud and snowdrifts, whilst marshals braved the elements to keep them safe and encourage them along.

“People laughed and joked from start to finish creating a buzz of excitement.

“Some people ran for a time, others ran to finish but the most important thing was that everyone came back smiling and had enjoyed themselves. stating that the snow had added to the enjoyment of the event.

“It will certainly be a race to remember.”

Hart Trail Race.

The next event to be organised by Run Fit Hartlepool is a 2K Easter Fun Run on Easter Saturday, March 31, at 10.30am, starting at the promenade, just off Maritime Avenue.

This event is for children aged 4-12 years old.

For more information, and to register your child, contact Andrew Lilley, [email protected], visit website or find on Facebook and Twitter.

All children will receive an Easter egg.