VIDEO: Thousands turn out for Poole Festival of Running

Poole Festival of Running gets underway in Poole Park

Poole Festival of Running gets under way in Poole Park

Poole Festival of Running gets under way in Poole Park

Poole Festival of Running gets under way in Poole Park

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THOUSANDS turned out for the Poole Festival of Running at Poole Park.

The annual event attracts everyone from international athletes to young children and fun-runners.

Check out all the pictures in our gallery from all the races here

It sprung into life at 10am with a series of one mile and 1.5mile minithons for children aged between eight and 14.

Charlotte Brook, a student at Castle Court School, kicked things off by winning the girls' minithon for those aged eight and nine, before Christchurch Junior School's Finn Pardy took the crown for the corresponding boys' event.

Heidi Taylor, of Baden Powell Runners, won a tense girls minithon for ages ten and 11 by just one second.

Josh Jack, 11, who attends Castle Court but was competing for Cool Blues, won the boys' event for ten and 11 year-olds.

Grace Copeland, from Bournemouth Collegiate School, finished 29 seconds ahead of her nearest rival in the girls minithon for ages 12 to 14 before Dominic Willimore, of Cool Blues, won the corresponding boys event.

This was followed by a fun run for children aged eight and younger, the Dorset Cancer Centre 5k and the showpiece event - the Poole 10k race.

Families and friends of the participants lined the road and cheered on the runners as a commentator announced the winners over a loud speaker system.

There was also a bouncy castle, games and stalls to keep everybody entertained.

One of the festival's organisers, Lynda Adby, project officer for recreation and development at the Borough of Poole, said the day had been a huge success and was delighted with the large number of people who had come out to support it.

“I think it has been a fantastic day and everybody has really enjoyed it,” she added. “We have had about 450 children take part and more than £12,000 has been raised for a great cause.”

Lisa McGaw, who travelled from Verwood to attend, watched as three-year-old daughter Jessica competed with cousin Abigail, six, in the fun run.

“It is a much larger event than I thought it was going to be,” said Lisa. “It is Jessica's first race. She was really excited about taking part when she got up this morning and has been having a lot of fun.”

Three generations of the same family, led by 82-year-old grandmother Lyn Plumpton, took part in the Dorset Cancer Centre 5k run.

Lyn said she has been running for as long as she can remember and was proud that daughter Maryanne Hellewell and 15-year-old granddaughter Rosie were joining her to help raise money for a charity so close to her heart.

The Dorset Cancer Centre 5k was won by Jon Fairs in 16 minutes 34 seconds, with Joanne Dominey winning the women's contest in 19 minutes 18 seconds.

The day culminated in the much anticipated 10k Poole run, which was won by Kenyan Boniface Kiprop Kongin in 30 minutes 33 seconds, who beat second place Bournemouth runner Steven Way by 60 seconds.

Galleries from the different runs will be available on the Daily Echo website on Monday morning

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4:12pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

I'm sure the Brent geese with their chicks were very happy to be invaded by hundreds of noisy kids running about.
Why not do it in the winter next time.
I'm sure the Brent geese with their chicks were very happy to be invaded by hundreds of noisy kids running about. Why not do it in the winter next time. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -17

4:20pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Error there, I meant greylag goose, yeah man them big orange legged ones that go round in groups giving you the evil stare if you get too close to their chicks as you're walking by.
Error there, I meant greylag goose, yeah man them big orange legged ones that go round in groups giving you the evil stare if you get too close to their chicks as you're walking by. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -8

9:21pm Sun 1 Jun 14

yousirmesirnosiryousirthankyousir says...

Sir Beachy Head.......your a PLONKER.
Sir Beachy Head.......your a PLONKER. yousirmesirnosiryousirthankyousir
  • Score: 14

12:14am Mon 2 Jun 14

chrisii1991 says...

Exactly! not to mention taking over the entire park so other users cant walk anywhere
Exactly! not to mention taking over the entire park so other users cant walk anywhere chrisii1991
  • Score: -15

12:14am Mon 2 Jun 14

chrisii1991 says...

I can understand its for a good cause but why couldnt it have been to one area of the park?
I can understand its for a good cause but why couldnt it have been to one area of the park? chrisii1991
  • Score: -11

5:54am Mon 2 Jun 14

boardsandphotos says...

chrisii1991 wrote:
I can understand its for a good cause but why couldnt it have been to one area of the park?
This is a big annual event for all ages, why not join in by either taking part or watching and cheering instead of moaning!
[quote][p][bold]chrisii1991[/bold] wrote: I can understand its for a good cause but why couldnt it have been to one area of the park?[/p][/quote]This is a big annual event for all ages, why not join in by either taking part or watching and cheering instead of moaning! boardsandphotos
  • Score: 15

10:55am Mon 2 Jun 14

Arthur Maureen says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
I'm sure the Brent geese with their chicks were very happy to be invaded by hundreds of noisy kids running about.
Why not do it in the winter next time.
Sa you down there amongst the reeds, flapping your arms around pretending you were a goose, what a weirdo.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: I'm sure the Brent geese with their chicks were very happy to be invaded by hundreds of noisy kids running about. Why not do it in the winter next time.[/p][/quote]Sa you down there amongst the reeds, flapping your arms around pretending you were a goose, what a weirdo. Arthur Maureen
  • Score: -4

11:00am Mon 2 Jun 14

Arthur Maureen says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Error there, I meant greylag goose, yeah man them big orange legged ones that go round in groups giving you the evil stare if you get too close to their chicks as you're walking by.
They only give you an evil eye as they know what you get up to behind the sand dunes over Studland. Whats with the yeah man lingo?!? you wander round Poole Park in a dirty beige cardy and trousers held up with rope!! hardly gangster wear
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Error there, I meant greylag goose, yeah man them big orange legged ones that go round in groups giving you the evil stare if you get too close to their chicks as you're walking by.[/p][/quote]They only give you an evil eye as they know what you get up to behind the sand dunes over Studland. Whats with the yeah man lingo?!? you wander round Poole Park in a dirty beige cardy and trousers held up with rope!! hardly gangster wear Arthur Maureen
  • Score: -3

12:24pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Arthur Maureen wrote:
Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Error there, I meant greylag goose, yeah man them big orange legged ones that go round in groups giving you the evil stare if you get too close to their chicks as you're walking by.
They only give you an evil eye as they know what you get up to behind the sand dunes over Studland. Whats with the yeah man lingo?!? you wander round Poole Park in a dirty beige cardy and trousers held up with rope!! hardly gangster wear
Oh gawd, my stalker has woken up, dazed and confused as usual.
[quote][p][bold]Arthur Maureen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Error there, I meant greylag goose, yeah man them big orange legged ones that go round in groups giving you the evil stare if you get too close to their chicks as you're walking by.[/p][/quote]They only give you an evil eye as they know what you get up to behind the sand dunes over Studland. Whats with the yeah man lingo?!? you wander round Poole Park in a dirty beige cardy and trousers held up with rope!! hardly gangster wear[/p][/quote]Oh gawd, my stalker has woken up, dazed and confused as usual. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -1

1:15pm Mon 2 Jun 14

angrymob1 says...

Another fantastic event. Thanks Poole Runners.
Another fantastic event. Thanks Poole Runners. angrymob1
  • Score: 5

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