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Hundreds put Best Foot Forward in sun for charity - in pictures

By Richard Guttridge | Attractions | Published:

Hundreds of runners took to the track in the blistering heat to help raise money for charity.

People of all ages and abilities joined the fundraising effort at Best Foot Forward at Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton.

The 12-hour event saw £1 released from a cashpot put together by local businesses every time a lap of the track was completed.

The money will benefit Wolverhampton MS Therapy Centre, Central Youth Theatre and the Rotary Charitable Trust.

Those taking part ranged from experienced runners clocking up the miles to those wanting to take an light jog around the track.

The searing heat did not put off people from getting involved in the event, organised by the Rotary Club of Wolverhampton, with hundreds turning out determined to add to the total.

Runners completed 12,666 laps in total, reaching the target set before the day in order to release all the cash to charity.

Despite the heat, some got into the spirit by running in fancy dress, while prams were also a frequent sight on track.

Best Foot Forward launched in 2013 and has raised just short of £100,000 in that time.

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Geoff Downes, head of the organising committee at the rotary club, said: "A club member saw an event in Monaco a few years back where they ran non-stop for eight days.

"We thought we haven't got Monaco Harbour and we haven't got eight days so what can we do?

"About 40 companies have contributed donations to create the fund.

"We're delighted. That's what Rotary is all about doing, serving for other people. We raise funds to enable other people."

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Mayor of Wolverhampton Phil Page did his bit, walking a lap of the track in full suit and mayoral chains.

He said: "It's a fantastic event that gives people to come out, keep fit and raise money for various charities.

"One of the mayoral charities this year is the MS Therapy Centre so it's great money is being raised for them."

Richard Guttridge

By Richard Guttridge
Chief Reporter - @RichG_star

Chief Reporter for the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton.

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