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Hundreds brave the rain for Rothley 10k

Runners from across Leicestershire and beyond took to the rain-soaked streets of Rothley on Tuesday for a charity fundraiser supported by Leicester Tigers partners Mattioli Woods.

Hundreds of runners descended on the north Leicestershire village for the annual Rothley 10k, which is estimated to have raised around £25,000 for local causes including Rainbows, LOROS, Air Ambulance Service, Age UK, Eye Camps, Vista and RNLI.

Battling through wind and rain, Sebastian Hall from West End Runners came home in a winning time of 0:33:43, finishing just over a minute ahead of second-placed man Simon Allen.

Gemma Steel was the first woman to cross the line, in a time of 0:35:48, securing overall fifth place with Kristie Matthiae, of Barrow Runners, second in with a time of 0:41:55.

Ian Mattioli MBE, chief executive officer of event sponsors and Tigers club partners Mattioli Woods, took part alongside wife Clare.

“It has been an amazing evening,” he said. “There has been a great atmosphere among the runners despite the weather – people turned up and supported the race, which is a great showcase of our local community spirit. 

“Congratulations to all who took part and a special thanks to our sponsors – together, we have successfully raised vital funds for our local charities.”