ORGANISERS of this year’s Weymouth 10 road race have praised those who made it a success.

Around 300 runners laced up their trainers to take part in the event on Sunday, organised by running club Egdon Heath Harriers.

The annual event, now in its 54th year, saw participants aged between 17 and 70 run 10 miles across Weymouth seafront and over the hills at Bowleaze.

The race was started outside Weymouth Pavilion by Mayor of Weymouth and Portland, Cllr Christine James.

John Bassinder, from Poole AC, was the first man to cross the finish line with a time of 58 minutes and 16 seconds.

He was closely followed by Scott Parfitt, of Lytchett Manor Striders, who finished 35 seconds later.

Meanwhile, Robert Wood, of Basingtoke and Mid Hants AC, secured third place with a time of 59 minutes and 15 seconds.

Rachel Baker, of Clapham RC, was the first woman to finish with a time of 65 minutes and 58 seconds.

Heidi Tregenza was second with a time of 68 minutes and 11 seconds, whilst Nikki Sandell finished third just 14 seconds later.

Damian Summerscales, race director, thanked volunteers who made the run a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

He also paid tribute to Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Sainsbury’s Weymouth and Redferns Solicitors for making the event a success.

He said: “The day was absolutely amazing. We have always been lucky with the weather at Weymouth 10.

“I have been race director for the last four years and each year it has been a nice dry day, usually quite sunny. I’m sure my luck will run out eventually but Sunday was another lovely dry day.

“Although there was a bit of a chill I’ve been told by several racers at the end that propelled them along the Esplanade towards the finish.

“The feedback I’m getting from finishers is that they thoroughly enjoyed it despite the rather steep climb at Bowleaze.”

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