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Somerley Estate Runners

The Somerley Estate saw hundreds of runners try to burn off some extra pounds at an event held in aid of The Wessex Autistic Society.

Around 750 people took part and ran either the 5k or 10k in the grounds of the Somerley Estate stately home.

Supporters including family and friends attended the event to cheer on both the experienced and amateur runners.

The 10k run started at 11am and those running the 5k started just a few minutes later.

Sandra Bowers, an ultra distance runner ran with her two harnessed  husky dogs  and was the talk of the race. It was Sandra’s third time taking part in the event and she won first place in the 5k run.

Community and events fundraiser, Louise Trott, said: “This turned out to be another fantastic event for The Wessex Autistic Society. The weather was brilliant and we are so pleased with the turnout. Events like these are so important to supporting the charity and we’re grateful for all people do for us.”

Everyone who took part in the races was rewarded for their efforts and received a medal, chocolate and drink.

Louise added: “This was a great event to blow away the cobwebs from Christmas and as we move into the Olympic year, we hope events like this remain as popular as ever.”

The Wessex Autistic Society, who the runners were raising money for, work to offer advocacy services, specialist education and social care throughout Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire. For more information visit twas.org.uk.


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