Record number of entries for this year’s Ruby Run

By The Post in Local People

THE 15th Ruby Run, held on Sunday, saw many people come together to tackle the course running, jogging or walking from Hatherleigh to Holsworthy.

Mayor of Holsworthy Jon Hutchings presented prizes to the various winners.

This year the Ruby Run was proud to raise money for Holsworthy Youth Club and Hatherleigh Brownies.

There was the addition of a new cup being presented, the ‘Dartington Glass Club’ trophy, which went to Okehampton who gained a narrow margin over the Bideford team.

The award was introduced to thank Dartington Glass who has sponsored the Ruby Run every year since it began in 2003. A Dartington Glass Club trophy will be awarded each year from now on for the winning club to keep and display.

Lamisell’s relay team was delighted as they crossed the finish line, retaining their title for the third year running.

Among the winners were: ‘Overall Male Winner’ — Phil Thorne; ‘Overall Female Winner’ — Jeannette Johnson; ‘Local Male Winner’ — Geoffrey Hill; ‘Local Female Winner’ — Teresa Stacey-Chell.

Organiser for the event John Allen said it went ‘really well’ and was a ‘very good event’, he added: “We had record numbers of entries this year which was brilliant.”

There were 14 relay teams entered, 119 runners and 31 walkers. Mr Allen said: “We had perfect running weather for the event, it didn’t rain but their was some covering cloud which kept it nice and cool for the runners!

“It was a really well supported event, there were loads of people in Hatherleigh to see the runners off and there was even a lot of people along the route ready to cheer them on!”

Mr Allen said he wanted to thank all the volunteers on the day who helped with registration, the water station, inputting results and the setting up and packing away of the event.

He added: “Without them the event couldn’t happen, so thank you to all who helped out in any way. If anyone would like to volunteer next year please get in touch with us.

“Also thanks has to go to our sponsors, especially Dartington glass who have been there since the Ruby Run’s inception. We are very grateful for their continued support!”

Final thanks went to the mayor of Hatherleigh Clare Tyson for starting the race and mayor of Holsworthy Jon Hutchings for presenting the prizes.

Cllr Hutchings said: “It was a pleasure to present the winners trophies of behalf of the Ruby Run organisers!”

To volunteer for next year’s Ruby Run email info@rubyrun.co.uk or for more information about the event, visit the website www.rubyrun.co.uk

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