MORE than 400 runners of all ages took part in the Hoylake 10k fun run on Sunday.

The event, organised by UTS Run Club and Underground Training Station gym for the second year in a row, saw 426 people run.

Approximately 120 children taking part in "The Junior Mile" event.

Both races raised money for The UTS Foundation.

Kevin Gorry, race director, said: "The event is an annual tradition in Hoylake, and has been for many years now.

"It is always great to see so many people taking part – whether it be their first ever race, or whether they compete regularly.

"The standard of running this year was extremely high.

"It was also brilliant to see people using the event to raise money for local and national charities.

"Community spirit really shines in events such as this."

The first man across the finish line was Ivan Munoz Matias, and the first place female was Carmel Edwards.

Mike Stone, chairman of UTS Run Club said: "Congratulations to Ivan and Carmel, and to everyone else who took part in the event.

"Running is an increasingly popular sport and our own running club has seen an increase in numbers over recent months.

"Events like this really show what an inclusive sport running is irrespective of speed or ability.

"I was marshalling out at the 6km point at the end of the toughest offroad stretch and it was great to be able to give runners a shout as they negotiated the tricky descent into the lighthouse car park.

"The encouragement and cheering on of all participants on the course was great to see, and will hopefully encourage anyone new to running to continue to participate and become part of the running community."

UTS Run Club operates out of UTS gym in Hoylake and has training sessions on Mondays and Thursdays.

All abilities are welcome, and further details can be found on the club’s social media accounts @utsrunclub