It was a half-marathon that Sara Lorking had hoped to do with her dad. They even signed up for it together.
But as Sara crossed the finish line of the Harborough Carnival of Running on Saturday, dad Trevor Lorking had to be a proud spectator.
Trevor (55), a prison officer from Market Harborough, has been diagnosed with cancer, which doctors say is terminal.
So Sara (29) ran the race solo, raising £1,400 for Cransley Hospice in Kettering.
“We signed up to do the race together at the beginning of the year, and then dad got really poorly,” explained Sara, also a prison officer, who lives in Desborough. “It was mid-April they said he was terminal.
“It just feels rubbish, especially as he was such a fit dad. He’s kind of up and down at the moment. I think he’s going back to the hospice today.
“But when I crossed the finish line, he was well chuffed. I saw he had a little smile.”
Sara was one of 500 runners who took part in the town’s first Market Harborough Building Society Carnival of Running.
It was a new spectacle for carnival day, swelling the crowds on a drizzly day, as runners completed the half marathon and a 10k event.
The race was started by Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn – who then completed the half marathon.
Runners have raised an estimated £17,000 for different charities.
Event organisers Race Harborough, led by Brian Corcoran and Amy Kingston, were delighted by numbers taking part and positive feedback.
“We couldn’t have been happier with how well it went and the fantastic support from the crowds, sponsors and marshals ,” said Brian. “We are already planning ways to make next year’s event even bigger and better.”
Laurence Wicks and Rosanna Andrews (Northampton Road Runners) took first place in their respective categories in the half marathon. Matt Driver and Karen Brooks, both of Harborough Athletics Club, won the 10k race.
PSC Fire Safety took first place in The Ideal Marketing Company Corporate Relay Challenge.