THE first Ridgeway Run sprinted to fundraising success this weekend.

Budding athletes lined up at the start line for the annual event which started and finished in Ashbury on the Oxfordshire and Wiltshire border. The route took in scenic sights such as the Uffington White Horse and Ashdown House.

Charities involved in this year’s run included Swindon Women's Aid, Swindon Youth Mentoring, Helen & Douglas House, SNDogs and brainstrust.

The inaugural event attracted more than 200 runners of all abilities.

Patricia Cleverley, 45, from Wanborough, who organised the event with her friend Emma McIntosh, said the run had surpassed all expectations.

“We wanted to attract the running community and those who have never tried their hand before at it, it was a great feeling seeing it all come together,” she said.

“We had so many runners of all abilities on this beautiful route, we couldn’t have wished for more.”

Patricia, who is a seasoned marathon runner herself, having competed in London, New York and Paris said the course was well received by amateur and seasoned sprinters.

“This course was tricky but everyone who ran gave us such positive feedback and they can’t wait for next year’s event,” she said.

“We wanted to do this because events like the London Marathon are very difficult to get into and of course a lot of money has to be raised so it can be difficult for charities to be represented.

“This run gives charities a chance to be represented. It makes it local.

“Everyone is the village got involved, whether it was helping out on the day or cheering on the runners, it was exactly what we wanted”

The speediest times posted were one hour eight minutes for the 10 mile route and 36 minutes for the five mile course.

There was also a farmer’s market in Ashbury on the day and the village shop provided food and drinks for all those taking part. Each runner was rewarded with a nice slice of cake and a medal when they finished.

The 2017 Ridgeway Run will be on Saturday September 23 2017