FUN runners took on the peaks and puddles of Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve, near Houghton-le-Spring, last week.

Durham Wildlife Trust hosted its CAKED 3K event on Saturday, January 26, which saw 101 people aged six to 99 run, jog or plod around a 3km course around the reserve.

Named CAKED due to the likelihood of mud but also the small mountain of cake available to participants at the end, the event was a sell-out.

Through entry fees, tombola and donations on the day, the Trust raised £768 to help fund its work.

Event organiser Emily Routledge, of Durham Wildlife Trust, said: “A great big thank you to those who took part. We had 101 runners, joggers and walkers take on the route. With many of them having never been to Rainton Meadows, it was a fantastic way to raise awareness and encourage more people to value and enjoy nature where they live.

“Some runners also became members on the day so the Trust will continue to benefit from the event.”

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