AROUND 2,000 runners took part in Port Sunlight's third annual charity run at the weekend.

The weather failed to dampen the spirits of more than 1,800 runners, who took part in 1k, 5k and 10k runs for Wirral Autistic Society.

The day incorporated the best parts of the past year’s Port Sunlight 125th anniversary celebrations.

It was sponsored by Unilever’s Project Sunlight, which had almost 100 runners taking part in the two adult races, and the Unilever Choir performed on the Village Green stage.

Unilever also provided the 5k and 10k goodie bags.

Race director Alan Rothwell said: “Port Sunlight Village provides one of the most picturesque backdrops to a race event anywhere in the UK, and we’ve had excellent feedback on the improved course.

“Race entries notably increased this year across all distances, with the 5k entries doubling, which is testament to how much people enjoy running in the village.

“The 5k runners started the race proceedings with a single lap of the course, followed by the massed ranks of 10k runners.

“Then it was the turn of the youngsters with the children’s 1k fun run, which sold out before midday – all 200 places were snapped up in record time.

“Plans are already in place to meet the demand for more junior places next year, further making it a real family running event.”

Once the running had concluded, Port Sunlight Wheelers cycling club hosted a number of races around part of the course.

Katherine Lynch, heritage manager of PSM&GV, added: “We were delighted with the turn-out, despite the challenging weather conditions. Port Sunlight is such a unique location, which lends itself so well to hosting such events.”