As many as 340 children took advantage of the opportunity to perform in front of cheering crowds at the Arena Group Mini and Junior Runs in Lincoln on March 21.
Taking place the day before the Lincoln 10k, the runs are one of the latest additions to event organisers Run For All’s growing list of races.
First up in the sold out events was the 2.8km Mini Run for children at primary school between the ages of nine and 11.
The race was won by 11-year-old Harry Denton, who sped around the course in an impressive 10 minutes 48 seconds.
The girls’ winner was Emily Crookes, aged 10, who finished close behind in a time of 11 minutes 16 seconds.
Shortly after was the 5km Junior Run for 11-15 year-olds at secondary school, with 14-year-old Harrison Wood winning the race in a time of 18 minutes 10 seconds.
Girls’ junior winner was Lucy Thornton, also 14, who completed the course in 20 minutes 55 seconds.
The runs were open to children of all abilities who were led around the course at Yarborough Leisure Centre by a lead cyclist.
Every child who crossed the line in what were bracing conditions received a goody bag with a drink, T-shirt and a finisher’s medal.
The chosen charity for the event was St Andrew’s Hospice, which is the only children’s hospice in Lincolnshire and provides care for children and young adults who have a life limiting illness across the county.
The hospice provides specialist respite care on an in-patient and day-care basis, pain and symptom control and end of life care.