A muddy good effort from 1,042 people who finished 25th annual Belvoir Challenge

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Hundreds of runners and walkers braved the mud and the elements as they tackled the 25th Belvoir Challenge on Saturday

More than 1,000 people of all ages took part in this year’s event which took them around the Vale of Belvoir countryside and Belvoir Escarpment.

Runners and walkers set off from Harby School EMN-150203-095451001

Runners and walkers set off from Harby School EMN-150203-095451001

Some 706 people managed to complete the 15-mile route, with a total of 336 determined participants crossing the line after a gruelling 26-mile course.

The 25th celebration year of the event - which raises funds for the benefit of children at Harby CE Primary School - was marked with commemorative badges being awarded to all entrants at the end. Cream teas were also served and newly-designed T-shirts, hats, mugs and towels were also on sale to mark the occasion.

The event was started by Richard Simpkins, the school’s previous headteacher.

Bridget Bye, current headteacher of Harby CE Primary School, said: “There was a wonderful atmosphere and all runners and walkers were pleased to reach the checkpoints!

Runners tackling the mud and puddles on their way through the Vale EMN-150203-100412001

Runners tackling the mud and puddles on their way through the Vale EMN-150203-100412001

“As a school we are extremely grateful to all parents and volunteers who help to plan and support the Belvoir Challenge.

“There’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes - both in the preparation, during the day and the tidying up afterwards! Without so much support the event would not be able to take place.

“The children at Harby CE Primary School really benefit as the funds raised go to support equipment, trips and activities to support their education and for all the children to use and enjoy.”

Mrs Bye added: “We would particularly like to thank Becky Spence for doing a wonderful job of co-ordinating the organisation of the event; ensuring all jobs and roles were filled; checkpoints manned and cakes baked! “We do hope everyone enjoyed it and we are looking forward to next year!”