Driving rain has runners on their last legs for FAV
Runners faced the remains of Hurricane Bertha at a charity race held in Ashford on Sunday.
Winds of more than 40mph and heavy rain blew across the Ashford Rugby Club, off Canterbury Road, where 44 runners took part in a 5k race organised by charity Find A Voice (FAV).
Despite the weather, it took just 17 minutes and 14 seconds for the first runner, Ashford Athletics Club member Matthew Hogben, to cross the finish line.
Eleven children also entered a 1k fun run.
FAV president Alastair Dutch said: “We were completely drenched.
“Bearing in mind when we opened the curtains it looked like we should be building an ark, not running a race, we still had around 60 runners take part.
“We were pleased people still turned up and supported us. People who enjoy running would run through a snowstorm, I suspect.”
Both races were kicked off by TV presenter and former Ashford schoolboy Alex Brooker, 30, who become a well-known face on TV after landing roles presenting Channel 4’s The Last Leg and The Jump, as well as a documentary about male weight loss.
The trained journalist, who has a prosthetic right leg and hand disabilities, worked as a sports reporter before being selected to help cover the Olympic and Paralympic Games for Channel 4 in 2012.
The day raised around £1,300 in total after Barclays agreed to match funding.
FAV’s Dylan Jones said: “The day went really well. Everyone persevered for a great cause, which we were pleased to see.
“We’d love to make this an annual event.”
FAV, based in Beaver Road, is dedicated to supporting people with speech, language and communication difficulties throughout Kent and beyond.
Go to www.findavoice.org.uk for more information
Alex Booker, co-host of Channel 4’s The Last Leg, gets ready to start the race