Nearly 600 people took part in a charity fun run in aid of Manorlands hospice in Oxenhope today.

The ten-kilometre run, which took place in Keighley, aims to raise £10,000 and organisers believe they are on their way to doing so with sponsorship money still to be counted.

Andrew Wood, fundraising officer for Manorlands, said: “There has been a brilliant turnout with 580 people entering for the run. I have been very impressed with the number of people taking part. We have had entrants of all ages, from 11 to 70-plus.

“In entry fees alone we have made more than £4,000 and we hope to get to our aim of £10,000. Some entrants have raised up to £1,000 in sponsorship on their own, which is fantastic.

“It’s quite a large operation to organise an event like this, getting 600 around Keighley safely, but we have had an excellent staff of around 60 stewards who have done a brilliant job.

“We have also had brilliant support from a number of organisations such as Sport Keighley and Keighley College.

“We also had 1,100 bottles of water donated by a firm so that all the runners got a bottle to take around with them and another when they finished.”

Although the emphasis was on fun and participation the winner of the men’s event was Will Smith, of Keighley and Craven Athletics Club, in a time of 33 minutes. The first woman was Helen Glover, also of Keighley and Craven, in a time of 39 minutes.