Hundreds of people put their best foot forward and raked in around £15,000 for charity.
Fun runners joined serious club athletes on the start line as 450 entrants took part in two or 10-kilometre events through the grounds of Shugborough Hall.
All raised cash for the Katharine House Hospice in Stafford, whose senior fundraiser, Sarah Hulson-Beech, said: “We are hugely grateful to them all. It is amazing to realise that so many people were prepared to get out of bed on a Sunday and run their hearts out for us. Every penny they have collected will make a difference.”
James Lunney, events fundraiser for the hospice who organised yesterday’s races with the help of 40 volunteers, added: “Those who took part did a great job and we cannot thank them enough. It is people like them who keep the hospice open.”
Those taking part ranged from super fit club runners to fathers pushing small children in buggies or carrying them on their shoulders.
It proved to be a perfect day out for Mark Oliver and his family from Meakin Close, Stone. Son Jake, aged 10, won the two-kilometre event and daughter Amy, 14, came third. Then, chartered engineer Mr Oliver took part in the longer race with wife Jo and mother-in-law Val Stuart.
He said: “We all took up running four years ago and train together twice a week. It is far more enjoyable to be able to keep fit together as a family.” Also among those taking part was 35-year-old Sarah Wynne, from Cheswell Close, Compton with children Charles, six and Lydia, five, as well as sister-in-law Rachel Purshouse, 33, of Rylands Drive, Penn and her children Henry, three, and one-year-old Emilia.
Mrs Wynne, whose husband Andrew is a Wolverhampton city councillor, said: “It was beautiful weather, great fun and the children loved it.” Mrs Purshouse, whose husband took part in the longer event, added: “We hoped that if we got them young they might be bitten by the running bug.”