RAIN refused to dampen the spirits of hundreds of fund-raisers who took part in the first Lambton Run.
The 10k and 5k races were held in the grounds of Lambton Estate and attracted nearly 400 runners of all abilities from across the region.
The event was held to raise cash for two North East charities – the Rainbow Trust and the Willow Burn Hospice.
Although many of those taking part were experienced runners from local clubs, there were also scores of amateurs doing it to raise money and have some fun.
Among them were Rachel Abbs, 24, from Durham, Danielle Hedley, 23, and Adam Scott, 20, who all work at the Radisson Hotel in Durham City.
Adam, from Durham, who decided to tackle the 10k run, said: “It was just something I wanted to try and it is for such a worthy cause.”
Also taking part were Karen Nounton, 36, of Chester-le-Street, and friends, Claire Louise Wells, 34, and Lynsey Pinchen, 34, both from Durham, who are preparing for the Great North Run in September.
Karen said: “It is great to have a run like this in County Durham and the money is for charity.”
For runners it was also a unique chance to have a look at the estate grounds, which were once home to Lambton Lion Park, and have been closed to the public for many years.
The Earl of Durham gave his permission for the grounds to be opened to allow the race to take place.
Helen Mills, chief executive of Willow Burn Hospice, in Lanchester, said: “It was an absolutely fantastic day, it was the first time we have held it and the turnout was amazing.
“We are already looking to make it an annual event.”
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