CHRIS Hatton triumphed in the first ever Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill’s 10k cross-country run.

Hatton finished first in a time of 36 minutes and six seconds to finish ahead of Southend AC duo Lee Taylor, who was the winner in the men’s 40 plus category.

And John Cuthbertson, who helped put on the event for the Rotary Club, was delighted to see close to 300 runners finish the race.

“It was a great turn out and it’s been a very successful event,” said Cuthbertson.

“We’ve had a lot of very complimentary feedback from the runners which is extremely pleasing to the organisers.”

Joanna Rimmington, of Southend AC, was the first female finisher, crossing the line in 42:38 while Vicky Knight won the ladies’ 35 plus category.

And the 10k race could now be taking place on a more regular basis.

“We have had several requests from the runners to repeat the event next year, and to even put on a winter race too,” said Cuthbertson.

“This will have to be a decision to be made by the members of the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill but we have also received a number of suggestions as to how we could improve on the run, which, if we do repeat it, we will certainly take on board and try to incorporate.

“Our aim is to make it as enjoyable an event as we can, while also raising money for local Rotary Charities.”

And Cuthbertson hopes to have raised a good amount at the weekend.

“I am hopeful it will be in excess of £1,000,” he added.

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