Runners laced up their trainers and took on Dorset's scenic countryside as they raised money for a host of local charities.

Hangers Heroes returned at the weekend for an impressive 25th year - and the popular event did not disappoint.

With 71 walkers and 50 runners, the challenge, originally started by Roger and Nina Hanger, once again raised vital funds and awareness of the great work small charities do primarily within the Weymouth, Dorchester, Portland and Bournemouth area.

Roger Hanger said: "Sometimes the small, local charities get forgotten about and they don't get any sort of funding so we like to help out.

"The weather has been kind to us this year, whereas last year it was really bad. I'm very happy with how it's gone."

Since it started in 1992, the challenge has raised more than £200,000 for small charities and not for profit organisations.

It continues to be the main fundraiser for Hangers Heroes and it is run completely by volunteers.

Carol Grant and Sarah Lloyd-Harris, of charity the Stella Hayward Riding for the Disabled Association - one of the beneficiaries - volunteered as marshals on the day.

Carol said: "The money raised from this event makes a huge difference as it enables us to buy special equipment and anything the riders may need. We are always fundraising - it is endless - so this helps a lot."

Sarah added: "It's been a brilliant success. The sun is out and everyone is very happy. We're grateful to Hangers Heroes for all of their wonderful fundraising efforts. It makes such a difference."

As well as the riding school, funds raised this year will go to Dorset Search and Rescue, The Front Skatepark, Westfield Arts College, Friends of the M.V.Freedom and other small not for profit local organisations.

A spokesman for Westfield said: "Thanks to Hangers Heroes we've been able to buy equipment, which makes such a difference. It's hard to get the money otherwise and we are fundraising all of the time. This will go towards an outdoor area for students of all ages to enjoy."

Starting and finishing at West Fleet Touring Park, the course took participants past Abbotsbury Swannery, Hardy’s Monument and Upwey Wishing Well.

Runner Elizabeth Poingdestre who was the first woman to pass the finish line, said: "I love trail running and I love a challenge - this was a challenge. It's my first year doing it and I really enjoyed it and it's all for charity, so everyone is a winner."