Hundreds of supporters, including a man in his 90s, took part in the Demelza Run at Leeds Castle on Sunday 20th September.
Around 650 runners took part in the 5k or 10k course, amongst them supporters, staff, volunteers and Demelza families.
Twelve running clubs also took part in the 11th Demelza Run, the last to be held at Leeds Castle, including Rebel Runners, New Eltham Joggers, Beginners to Runners, Jelly Leg runners, Dragons Running Club, Newington Athletics Club, Vegan Runners, So Let’s Go running, Ashford RC, Sittingbourne striders and Barming. The winner of the Running Club shield for the most signs up from one club went to Rebel Runners who had around 60 runners taking part.
The charity’s mascot, Dotty was there to spur competitors on and to pose for selfies and Heart FM DJ Neil Kefford took to the mike to compere. Drummers bloco fogo were also there to entertain runners before the start of the run.
The 10k race was started by Demelza child Millie De’ Vere. It was won by Niall Stewart in a time of 36 minutes 59 seconds; Kieran Hughes came second and Richard Hunter scooped third place.
The first child to finish the 10k was 12-year-old Ben Smith and Eloise Smith was the first female over the finish line.
The 5k race was won by Paul Moates in a time of 19 minutes 42 seconds, with Luke Hurton second and Jessica Carley coming third. Jessica was also the first female and child to come in for the 5k.
From young to old: Age was no limit for competitor John Hart who took part in the 5k run a day before his 93rd birthday.