Six hundred two-legged and 40 four-legged participants hared off from Lydiard Park Academy for the 7th Mad March Hare which took place on 23 March, writes Kathy Doyle.
There was fun in the sun and a few groans as hailstones drummed down when gaily clad individuals, families and groups assembled to take part in this walk/run/jog event, which encourages people of all ages to get out and enjoy taking exercise.
It was a personal triumph for Jude Rouse from Stratton who completed the 10k route in one hour and 8 minutes.
The 61 year old was diagnosed with breast cancer in August last year and had two operations in the autumn, followed by a three-week course of radiotherapy, which didn’t finish until mid February.
Mother and daughter approaching the finishing line at Lydiard Park Academy
She put in her entry before the treatment in the hope that her body would regain enough strength in time for the event.
An experienced runner with numerous marathons under her belt, Jude is drawn to local events and has also marshalled for local clubs as well as last year’s Mad March Hare.
She was very impressed with her medal. “I have taken part in a great many running events, but this is one of the nicest medals I have received,” she said.
Jude’s daughter, Leanne, also a keen runner, joined her for the home straight.
The event raises funds for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and competitors are urged to send through their sponsorship money as soon as possible.
Keep an eye on madmarchhare.org.uk for more fundraising events taking place throughout the year.