Runners step up to Harewood race to keep hearts beating

NAWN 1702261AM13 British Heart Foundation Run Harewood.(1702261AM13)

NAWN 1702261AM13 British Heart Foundation Run Harewood.(1702261AM13)

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More than 2,500 fundraisers laced up their trainers last weekend for the annual British Heart Foundation Harewood House Half Marathon and inaugural 10k in a united front against coronary heart disease.

The event, which started and finished in the in front of the stately home, saw runners cover 13.1 miles and 10k through the historic estate to raise urgently needed funds for the nation’s heart charity.

NAWN 1702261AM3 British Heart Foundation Run Harewood. Chris Trotter with supporters his sons Charlie(5) and Alfie(7).(1702261AM3)

NAWN 1702261AM3 British Heart Foundation Run Harewood. Chris Trotter with supporters his sons Charlie(5) and Alfie(7).(1702261AM3)

BHF Running Event Product Manager Helen Wright said: “I would like to thank everyone who took part today in the inclement weather conditions, everyone who supported our runners and all of our volunteers.

“Coronary heart disease is not beaten yet – it remains the single biggest killer in the UK and it’s because of your support, that we are able to continue our fight to find a cure.

“We would like to remind everyone why they stepped up to the start line, remember why you took part. Pounds lead to research, research leads to breakthroughs, breakthroughs save lives.”

The BHF have already raised £86,000 from the Harewood House event to help fund essential research which could create a better future for so many - from babies born with heart defects, to the millions of adults affected by heart disease.

NAWN 1702261AM1 British Heart Foundation Run Harewood. Team Centrurian.(1702261AM1)

NAWN 1702261AM1 British Heart Foundation Run Harewood. Team Centrurian.(1702261AM1)

There are 7 million people living with Cardiovascular disease and every day 435 will lose their lives to the disease in the UK.

The BHF are now urging everyone who took part to return their sponsorship, online or by setting up a Just Giving Page.

NAWN 1702261AM8 British Heart Foundation Run Harewood.(1702261AM8)

NAWN 1702261AM8 British Heart Foundation Run Harewood.(1702261AM8)

NAWN 1702261AM4 British Heart Foundation Run Harewood. Runners Alice Littler and her mum Mimi Owen
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NAWN 1702261AM4 British Heart Foundation Run Harewood. Runners Alice Littler and her mum Mimi Owen (1702261AM4)

NAWN 1702261AM9 British Heart Foundation Run Harewood.(1702261AM9)

NAWN 1702261AM9 British Heart Foundation Run Harewood.(1702261AM9)

NAWN 1702261AM12 British Heart Foundation Run Harewood. Youngsters cheer on the runners.(1702261AM12)

NAWN 1702261AM12 British Heart Foundation Run Harewood. Youngsters cheer on the runners.(1702261AM12)

NAWN 1702261AM10 British Heart Foundation Run Harewood.(1702261AM10)

NAWN 1702261AM10 British Heart Foundation Run Harewood.(1702261AM10)