They’re off – the start of the fun run. Other pictures show runners of all ages celebrating finishing both the 10k and 1.2-mile run. Picture: Paul Tibbs.

Thousands of runners took to the streets of King’s Lynn for the 14th Asda Foundation Grand East Anglia Run (GEAR).

A host of deserving good causes are set to benefit from last Sunday’s popular 10k event and 1.2-mile fun run.

An estimated 3,000 runners were cheered on by crowds of well-wishers who lined the Tuesday Market Place and main race route, which included The Walks and passed a number of historic buildings including the Red Mount, the Custom House and Greyfriars Tower.

The 10k race winner was Adrian Mussett in 32mins 46secs and Kathryn Mathias was the first female home in 38mins 45secs.

Molly Hunt was the first female wheelchair finisher with Peter Downing the first male wheelchair competitor.

There was plenty of friendly rivalry in the Bespak GEAR 10k Corporate Challenge, the results of which are still awaited. 

Also popular with all ages was the Bespak Mini GEAR.

Keyvan Djamarani, managing director of the North Lynn firm, said: “We are delighted to see the great response the race has received this year and to see the Mini GEAR go from strength to strength.”

Tristan Batley-Kyle, head of events at Run For All, organisers of GEAR in partnership with Alive Leisure and West Norfolk Council, thanked all those who helped on the day and said: “It was wonderful to see so many runners and spectators turning out for an event that supports the work of some great causes.”

Mandy Rivett, co-ordinator of the Asda Foundation, said: “The way people across East Anglia get behind this event is a joy to see. 

“We are delighted to be associated with it and congratulations must go to everyone – runners, supporters and volunteers – who came together to make it such a success.”

This year’s event supported the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, West Norfolk Mind, the Purfleet Trust, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, Forward, the Benjamin Foundation, Headway, Theresa’s Tiny Treasures and Nelson’s Journey  while competitors also raised money for their own chosen causes.

Your Local Paper was also proud to be one of the event’s media partners.

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