Record-breaking Chippenham May mile

This Is Wiltshire: Twins Ninka and Josie Ruker secured the top spots in the Under-9s race Twins Ninka and Josie Ruker secured the top spots in the Under-9s race

A record-breaking May Mile had more than 300 entrants and raised over £1,000 for Youth Action Wiltshire.

Tots as young as 23 months ran in the children’s races on Sunday at the Sheldon and Hardenhuish school grounds in Chippenham.

The sun shone on the event for the first time in its five-year history and one competitor came from north of Nottingham after his granddad saw an event sticker on the organiser’s car.

The fastest runner was AC Bath athlete John Howorth, 14, who beat 16-year-olds and set a May Mile record by doing the mile in five minutes and six seconds. His twin brother, Robert, was just one second behind.

May Mile founder Zoe Rucker, who works in learning support at Sheldon School, said: “We had lots of records this year.

“A new course record, more profit for charity than ever before, over 300 entries with 100 pre-entries, definitely a record off the back of 11,500 fliers. And it was the first year in five we have had sun.

“The theme this year was pushing boundaries and I certainly witnessed this in every race, whether accomplished runners or not.

“The focus of runners, both tiny and big, was a credit to everybody who took part.”

Mrs Rucker, 43, of Brom-ham, plans to push her own boundaries again in September with an ultra-marathon along the Thames Path.

She said the teas, coffees, cakes and barbecue all sold out and the gigantic inflatable slide with obstacle course was very busy.

Sheldon School Ambassadors performed to the Lego Movie’s Everything is Awesome to warm up the participants, while Sheldon’s Year 13 student Olly Williams gave an Elvis tribute.

The event was sponsored by PFP Leisure and Park Lane Practice, Wiltshire Concrete, City Dressing, Abundant Sun, Whitehall, Purple House and Sporting Billy.

Mrs Rucker said: “The sponsors invest not only money but also a belief in the May Mile. They are all local companies and without their genuine generosity the May Mile wouldn’t exist.”

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