WITH 72 runners in the two-mile race and over 100 in the five-mile event, this was a record number of entrants for the annual Dumble Bimble Fun Run on Portland.

Another record was set with the £450 raised from entry fees and a raffle and there will be more cash to come from those sponsored for Joseph Weld, Trimar and CancerCare Dorset who benefit each year from the event.

Added to this, there was a donation of £45 from Land Registry staff who have a Penny Pot, the contents of which are donated monthly to a different charity.

Portland United FC's first team and reserves were out in force for the event along with members of Egdon Heath, St Paul's, Royal Manor of Portland AC and staff from HMP The Verne, Portland YOI and Dorchester Prison.

The five-mile run was won by first-time entrant Tony White from Portland Amateur Boxing Club who completed the distance in 27 minutes 40 seconds, closely followed by unattached runners Tony Hunt and Ian Cotter. Egdon Heath runner Clare Phillips was the first lady home.

People of all ages entered the two-mile race and the results were 1: Graham Masters RMPAC, 2: Ben Simmonds, PUFC, 3: Wey Valley student Khylo Farley. Eight- year-old Katherine Wilkinson from Egdon Heath was the first girl home.

Last but not least were twins Daisy and Lily from Portland, who are just 22 months old, assisted around the course by mum and dad, Donna and Leigh Colclough.

Leigh said: "They really enjoyed it," and Donna added: "We would have been faster if they hadn't spotted blackberry bushes and insisted on picking and eating them!"

The event was organised by the RMPAC and chairman Dave Sanderson said: "This has been a record Dumble Bimble and great fun, thanks to the joint efforts of the club members and helpers from the community."