HUNDREDS took to the streets for the sixth Rainford 10k on Sunday as they tackled a new altered course for the event.

More than 400 started from Rainford High, travelling round roads, trails and footpaths through Rainford cheered on by plenty of spectators as the race was again held in memory of a 17-year-old boy who died after being hit by a car on the East Lancs in 2008.

The George Faulkner Memorial Trophy was lifted by James Wootton, overall winner with a time of 34m 42s, nearly three minutes ahead of runner-up Gregory Callaghan.

Female winner was St Helens Strider Kelly Hamilton in 40m 9s, who also established a good lead on runner-up Lisa Cheers on 44m 25s.

Meanwhile, the veteran (over 40s) categories saw Ann Johnson and Lee Kaufman winning the main prizes.

And prizes were also given to Fun Runners and youth athletes in the leading places, some of which were donated by businesses.

Terry Bates, of organisers Be Ur Best, said: “With the memory of George firmly embedded with runners, mum and dad Sue and John, together with son Bob, made up the numbers in a big ‘supporting George’ team through the race.

“Funds raised through entry fees will go to three charities this year: the Compassionate Friends, Henshaws and Walking with the Wounded.

“Each charity was also represented on the day with good visibility being given to the substantial support offered in and around the school grounds as well as the runners.

“Although this year presented difficulties with route changes it is made worthwhile because of the willing volunteers who offer up their time to assist with marshalling duties.

“A good contingent come from St Helens Tri Club, our Rainford Runner group and the local community.

“It is a growing community event that is helping to generate high interest in running and general fitness in the area.

“We hope to keep building the running community for all abilities and feel this event is helping with this.”

He added: "We are fortunate to have O2 Business centre as our main sponsor and for their continued support. 

"The association we have with Rainford High Technology College really is one of the main reasons for the success of this event.  Its service providers ‘Interserve’ staff always go the extra mile to help with arrangements."