Families lace up their trainers for fun run

PARALYMPIC hopeful Ollie Hynd sends the runners on their way
PARALYMPIC hopeful Ollie Hynd sends the runners on their way
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FLEET-footed fun-seekers from Hucknall lined up for the eagerly-anticipated Active Ashfield Family Fun Run.

Hundreds of runners were sent on their way by guest starter Ollie Hynd, who hails from Sutton-in-Ashfield and is hopeful of making the British swimming team for the London 2012 Paralympic Games later this year.

Locals of all ages took part in the fun run — from grandparents to children and babies who were pushed around the mile-long course at Ashfield School in Kirkby in buggies.

Organised by Ashfield District Council, the event also featured a special wheelchair-mile for disabled people.

Some runners wore fancy dress, including wigs and masks, as part of the annual event. Among those from the Dispatch district who took part were young members of Hucknall Netball Club, who wore pyjamas and dressing-gowns for the run.

The day also included some warm-up fun with Active Ashfield mascots Brocky Broccoli and Peggy Pineapple.

Money raised on the day through entry fees was donated to the charity Olympians from Ashfield Support In Sport (OASIS), which backs local athletes set to take part in the London Olympics and Paralympics.

Ollie, who was accompanied by his parents, Helen and Darrell, was presented with a cheque for £2,500 by the deputy leader of Ashfield District Council, Coun John Wilmott (Lab), of Hucknall, to help support his Paralympic dreams.

“We were honoured to have Ollie attend the event,” said Coun Wilmott. “It gave me great pleasure to present such a fantastic amount of money.

“It was also very pleasing to see so many people come along with their families to take part in the fun run.”