A TRAIL race which was launched four years ago to raise money for a primary school has proved successful again with more than 250 runners on the start line.
The Over the Odda 10k has grown increasingly popular since it was first begun in 2013. And the fifth annual race this year was no exception - selling out in just 48 hours. The event, on May 6, was raising funds again for Hawksworth C of E Primary School.
Tom Adams of Ilkley Harriers was the first finisher, smashing the course record he had set in the very first Over the Odda, coming home in 35 minutes and 45 seconds. Tom, who has represented Great Britain in the World Mountain Running Championships, made light work of the steep climbs and tricky descents on the course.
First Female to finish was Jeanette Holmes-Thompson in 48 minutes and 44 seconds.
Race Director Emma Stoney said: "The race raises valuable funds for Hawksworth C of E Primary School. This year the event sold out in 48 hours and it is great that so many local runners want to take part. We are so grateful to the local landowners who generously allow us to use their fields."
The 10k followed the two junior races; a one mile race for 8 to11 year olds and two miles for 12 to16 year olds.
"Plenty of enthusiastic young local runners took part and were delighted with their medal and goody bag at the finish line," Emma said.