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Running off the Christmas calories for charity

Hundreds of runners came to the Somerley Estate to burn off some of the Christmas calories and raise money for charity at the annual 2k and 10k running event.

The event, at a stunning setting near Ringwood, aims to raise money for the Christchurch-based Wessex Autistic Society and saw a variety of participants taking part ranging from fitness enthusiasts to families.

There was something to suit every fitness level with a 10k route for regular runners and a 2k route for beginners, youngsters and families.

Mayor of Bournemouth, Cllr Phil Stanley-Watts, took part in the 2k event; all the more impressive considering he suffered a cardiac arrest while at Littledown Sports Centre in November.

He said: “I think I’ll be able to do the 2k OK. I’ll just have to take it easy and do it nice and gently.

“The Wessex Autistic Society is a very worthwhile charity and they are well supported by the community.

“It’s a pleasant morning and every charity run needs a bit of luck with the weather so I’m pleased the ground isn’t too sodden.”

The event is the highlight of the charity’s fundraising calendar and was supported by Nationwide and CSE Citation Centre at Hurn. The run was sponsored by Bournemouth solicitors Williams Thompson.

Members of the New Forest Runners and Littledown Harriers took part alongside parents with youngsters, with some running with buggies. The event also included live music and refreshments.

The Wessex Autistic Society was established over 40 years ago by parents of children with autism. Their school, Portfield, at Hurn, provides education for 60 pupils between the ages of three to 18. The curriculum is tailored to meet the individual needs of each student.

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