A new course, extensive prize list and generous donations characterised Sunday’s (16 Oct) Danny’s Dash.
Danny’s Dash is a tough, 8-mile multi-terrain race held each year since 2012 to fundraise for Brain Tumour Research. The race title refers to Danny Horton who passed away in 2010 from a brain tumour at the age of 36. Danny was a fit and healthy young man who enjoyed sport and his family devised this race to remember him with all proceeds going to Brain Tumour Research and Help for Heroes.
This year was the fifth anniversary of the event in Bewdley, Worcestershire, organised by Fully Sussed.
The race started at 10am with a 10.30am start for the junior 1K Diddy Dash. The new route differed slightly from previous years but was still a hilly, scenic challenge with the added extra in the form of a commando net to crawl under near the finish.
Peter Walters of Stourbridge RC was first under the net and across the finish line in 1:00:15. John Bristow was second in 1:00:38 with Andy Conner taking third place in 1:01:18.
Sian Powell of Kidderminster & Stourport AC won the women’s race in 1:03:45. Sarah Armstrong of Amazing Feet Running Club was second in 1:07:15 with Kim Braznell of Mercia Fell Runners, third in 1:15:49.
All finishers were rewarded with a bottle of beer or cider courtesy of Bewdley Brewery and a ‘Desperate Dan’ pie. Prizes for the top three men and women, age group awards and hampers for the top three teams.