ABOUT 40 people took part in the Henley Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society’s 36th annual charity fun run on bank holiday Monday.
Entrants met at Temple Island Meadows near Remenham and followed a 5.38-mile circular route via Leander Club, White Hill and Remenham Lane.
The first to finish was Adam Jacobs, 23, of Matson Drive, Henley, who came home in 35 minutes and 21 seconds. He was followed 33 seconds later by 13-year-old Archie Barker, of Gravett Close in Henley, the first junior male.
Eileen Unwin, 42, from Fawley, was the first woman with a time of 39 minutes and 22 seconds, while the first junior female was Mae Reineke, 15, of Berkshire Road in Henley, who ran 46 minutes and 50 seconds.
Mae and her 13-year-old sister Ava were neck-and-neck throughout the race before she nudged ahead at the end in a sprint finish.
Each runner received a medal and the first and second placed in each category were awarded a trophy. The other runners-up were Andrea Sayer (second woman), Charlie York (second man) and Elliot Evans (second junior male).
The event raised about £200, which will be shared between HAODS and the Sue Ryder hospice at Nettlebed.
The society’s portion will go towards the refurbishment of its studio at the Kenton Theatre in New Street, Henley.
Organiser Richard Evans said: “The turnout was a little disappointing as we’ve had more than 100 runners and raised nearer £600 in previous years.
“I don’t know whether it’s because the bank holiday coincided with the half-term holiday or perhaps it was too cold, although you’d think a cool day would be ideal for running.
“I hope attendance is higher next year as it’s a great event.
“It’s less formal than many runs, there’s less pressure to worry about your times and the proceeds go to a good cause.”