Hatherleigh hosted the finishing line for the 2008 Ruby Run half marathon.
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Ruby Run 2008

June 9th 2008

The annual Ruby Run this year started in Holsworthy and finished in the Square in Hatherleigh. This half-marathon is proving extremely popular and this year attracted runners (many serious, some not so serious), and walkers from across the South West. Many 'travelled' the distance in support of a good cause.

The walkers started early while the main race began at 10.30am. We skulked around the Square with our camera trying to catch the atmosphere of the day and as a result we got some nice pics but we failed to get the names of all the winners. Ah well, the Ruby Run site should update you if you need to know.

Before the main runners arrived (but not before some of the early walkers) a Fun Run was held in the town, starting in the Market and going up to the Moor and back. Here's a flavour of the day in pictures.

Waiting in the Square

Roy Smith, killing time while he waits for the runners

Another way of killing time!

The Silver Band added more flavour

It was a typically British day
The Fun Run

The Winner ... arriving first, naturally!

Here's the Winner again.

It was a family affair for many participants.

What it feels like to finish!

The youngest competitor, William aged 4, with Dad. They brought up the rear. Said Dad: "If he'd run like he talked we would have beaten them all."

William and Dad, with their medals.
The Ruby Run (and walk)

Winner Tom Merson passes the finishing line.

Surely he didn't come all the way like that?

Dennis shows a weary runner the way to refreshments.

Okehampton Hockey Team at the finish - honestly!

The Ladies winner, we think.

The Agony ...

... and the Ecstacy

Phew! I made it!

And finally ... the dogs didn't take part, but the walkers walked the distance for a great cause. The dog on the left is a trainee guide.

(Memo to organisers - please put FINISH on the back of the banner too, as it makes for a better picture)


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