Harborough’s first Carnival of Running hailed a success

Centre, Bake off Winner Frances Quinn takes part in the race through Harborough.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Centre, Bake off Winner Frances Quinn takes part in the race through Harborough.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Market Harborough witnessed a new spectacle on Saturday as 500 runners took part in the town’s first Market Harborough Building Society Carnival of Running.

Around seven thousand spectators lined the town’s streets as part of the carnival day celebrations to see the runners complete the half marathon and 10k event.

The race was officially started by Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn – who then joined the crowd and completed the half marathon. Runners started at Robert Smyth Academy, then went through the town centre where the roads were lined with cheering crowds.

The central portion of the half marathon consisted of country lanes and a quick tour of villages including Welham and Thorpe Langton before ending by the carnival grounds.

The event organisers Race Harborough, led by Brian Corcoran and Amy Kingston, were delighted by the numbers taking part and the positive feedback.

“We couldn’t have been happier with how well it went and the fantastic support from the crowds, sponsors and marshals that helped to make it such a good day for the runners” 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, whilst Matt Driver and Karen Brooks, both of Harborough Athletics Club, pushed past the competition in the 10k race. PSC Fire Safety took first place in The Ideal Marketing Company Corporate Relay Challenge.

Over £17,000 was raised for numerous causes, including The Squires Effect, Fight for Sight and Guide Dogs, Cransleigh Hospice, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance, British Heart Foundation, CCLG, and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

See this week’s Harborough Mail for more