Hundreds flock to Gaddesden Gallop as lightning Luke leads the way

Luke Delderfield won the 10k Gaddesden Gallop 2014

Luke Delderfield won the 10k Gaddesden Gallop 2014

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More than 200 runners turned out to take part in the Gaddesden Gallop 2014 – raising money for the refurbished sports pavilion in Little Gaddesden.

A field of 149 runners took part in the 10km race and 89 competed over the 5km route, both of which go through the lovely countryside around the village.

Luke Delderfield tackles the Gaddesden Gallop

Luke Delderfield tackles the Gaddesden Gallop

Many families participated in the event, with several parent and child combinations taking on the shorter loop.

The overall winner was Luke Delderfield, who competed the 10km in just over 37 minutes – a new course record.

The first female back was Jeanette Ager in under 48 minutes, closely followed by Vicki Johnston.

The 5km was more of a fun run for most but produced a stunning winner – 12-year-old Kyle Kerr-Miller of Aldbury.

He raced back in just under 23 minutes and then had to leave for a football match, leaving his younger brother Tyler, 8, to collect his cup.

Tyler himself had put in a top effort to finish in seventh place.

The event raised more than £3,000 and is proving popular with many participants coming back each year.

The 10k course takes runners from Little Gaddesden Sports Field across the bumpy Golden Valley to Nettleden, then up a steep hill and back to Little Gaddesden.

The route is patrolled by many volunteer marshals who encourage the runners as they run through the picturesque Chiltern countryside.