Gallery: Hundreds conquered the cold in this year’s Two Bay Tough 10

PUBLISHED: 13:30 09 February 2017 | UPDATED: 14:35 09 February 2017

The Phillips and Leggs families one-mile fun run at the Two Bays Tough Ten challenge. Picture: Jeremy Long

The Phillips and Leggs families one-mile fun run at the Two Bays Tough Ten challenge. Picture: Jeremy Long

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Hundreds of runners braved harsh winds and difficult terrains during the Two Bay Tough 10 race to raise money for an important cause.

The event saw 1,000 people of all ages tackle mud, sand, woodland and tarmac in a 10-mile challenge which took place on Sunday.

Young runners got the day off to a flying start with a one-mile fun run along Weston-super-Mare seafront before the brand new Two Bays Friendly Five, a five-mile race, and the 10-mile main event began at 11am.

Runners had to fight against bitterly cold winds on Weston seafront as they ran across the sand to the SeaQuarium before heading towards Sand Bay, with a long, winding climb up Birnbeck Road ahead of them.

Competitors passed some of Weston’s best sights, including the Grand Pier, Marine Lake, Worlebury Woods and Birnbeck Pier.

The quickest runner in this year’s Tough 10 was Chris McMillan, who completed the course in 58 minutes and 32 seconds, beating last year’s fastest time by three minutes.

Annabel Granger was the first woman to cross the finish line, completing the race in one hour, six minutes and 58 seconds.

She beat last year’s quickest woman’s time by one minute.

Weston Athletics Club member Vanessa Andrews said: “The Tough 10 is a perennial favourite among the club’s members and this year’s race did not disappoint with plenty of mud in the off-road sections as well as the opportunity to pick the pace up on the tarmac.

“Lots of our runners achieved their best times on the course this year.”

This year, the race was raised money for Muscular Dystrophy UK, a service which helps more than 70,000 people living with muscle-wasting conditions.

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