RUNNERS competing the fourth Northallerton 10k race helped raise up to £15,000 for charity, organisers said.

Almost 1,000 people took part in the race yesterday morning, with rain first thing giving way to sunshine for the runners.

Callum Elson of the Roundhay Runners in Leeds was the first to cross the finish line with a time of 32.47, a race record.

And Louise Talman of Darlington Harriers won the women's race with a time of 40.36.

Organiser Thomas Kerfoot said it was a sell-out race, with almost 1,000 runners and also 1,000 spectators at the finish line on Northallerton High Street.

He said: "It was pouring with rain before the race but as the race began the sun came out and it was gorgeous, so we were lucky."

The money raised goes to the Pendragon Community Trust, which has a multi-sensory centre to help people with physical, emotional or mental difficulties.