Runners felt the heat on Sunday as the Road2Recovery Half-Marathon sweltered on the hottest day of the year.
With temperatures climbing into the 30s, Claire Lomas and fellow race organisers decided to shorten the second edition of the race to 10 miles.
Just over 200 runners completed the course, headed by Stilton Striders Jason Barton who won for the second year running.
It was a successful home event for the Melton club with Nick Brown and Natalie Teece finishing second and sixth respectively.
“We decided to shorten it to 10 miles due to the conditions, but it was still tougher than last year’s half,” said Claire.
“It was a success and I’m just so relieved that all the runners finished well in the heat.
“It was brilliant that Jason won again; he is amazing, as is Natalie. They make it look easy even in the heat!”
The race forms part of three main fund-raising events in aid of the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation, and Claire paid tribute to the race’s supporters.
“I’m grateful to Next, Melton Building Society and Hercocks for their generous support; we can’t do it without them.
“Also all of the volunteers, and particularly Stuart (Hall) who does so much for the event, and even more this year as I was speaking in Amsterdam on Saturday.
“We also had some brilliant prizes from local restaurants, pork pies, and Melton Sports, and the winners got a Dryrobe and Pol Roger Champagne.”