Runners from all over the County and beyond took to the rain-soaked streets of Rothley last night for the annual Mattioli Woods Rothley 10k.
Battling through winds and rain, Sebastian Hall from West End Runners came home in a winning time of 0:33:43, finishing over a minute ahead of second-placed Simon Allen, of Owls AC Leicester who completed in 0:34:48. Ryan Elston, of Charnwood AC, was third in 0:35:37. Gemma Steel was the first woman to cross the line, in a time of 0:35:48, securing overall fifth place with Kristie Matthiae, of Barrow Runners, being the second woman in 0:41:55 and Sharon Taylor, of Race Hub Triathlon Club, the third woman with a time of 0:43:30.
Ian Mattioli MBE, chief executive officer of main sponsors Mattioli Woods, took part alongside wife Clare. He said:
“It has been an amazing evening and there has been a great atmosphere among the runners despite the weather – people turned up and supported the race, which is a great showcase of our local community spirit.
Congratulations to all who took part and a special thanks to our sponsors – together, we have successfully raised vital funds for our local charities.”
This year the event has attracted a number of supporting sponsors including Fleet Auction Group, Marcol, Champions, Concannon Connection, Commerzbank, Juice Creative Design, Fluid, S J Event Consultancy, Three Sixty Services LLP, Flowers Associates, Dale Carnegie, Idex Consulting, Workday, Societe Generale and IDAD.
Rainbows, LOROS, Air Ambulance Service, Age UK, Eye Camps, Vista and RNLI are among those to benefit from the fund-raiser, which is estimated to raise £25,000. Over the years, the event has now generated more than £300,000 for local causes.