In pictures: Bunny Fun Run 2014

In pictures: Bunny Fun Run 2014

Francis Batt

In pictures: Bunny Fun Run 2014

It was a bunny old world for the Francis family on Sunday when they joined nearly 300 runners lined up at Oaken Grove Park in Maidenhead - many of them sporting rabbit ears and tails.

It was the third year of the Bunny Fun Run, organised by Maidenhead Thames Rotary Club.

Stephen Francis, 35, of Belmont Road was the first man to complete the 3.2 mile course - in 20 minutes, 25 seconds.

His dad, Richard, 66, was the first pensioner in at 29 minutes, five seconds.

Stephen's wife Jennifer also took part and daughter Jude, three, on her scooter.

They called themselves the Gump team and ran for the Macmillan Nurses.

Stephen said: "Jennifer is running the London Marathon next weekend so it was a good warm-up for her."

Each runner had a charity of their own to support with half of the money they raised going to going causes supported by Rotary. The Shanly Foundation sponsored the event

First lady in was Hannah Sharp, 26, of Moor Lane in 21 minutes, 25 seconds. Cameron Netherwood-Meek, 15, from Cox Green won the under 18s section in 20 minutes, 56 seconds and Abbie Jones, 11, from Holyport the under 12s in 22 minutes, 10 seconds.

Heavy rain an hour before the event was due to start threatened to dampen proceedings. But Rotary's chairman of community services Stephan Stephan, running himself, said there was never any question of cancelling.

He said: "I like to run in the rain. There is more oxygen and not so many people to get in the way."

Lending her own support was Paralympian gold medallist Naomi Riches MBE.

Firstly she had the difficult task of picking the person in the best bunny outfit. Faced with the choice between two impressive 'white rabbits' straight out of Alice in Wonderland Naomi, told the Rotary team: "I can't decide, you will have to make the final choice."

In the end Daniel Saunders, 33 scooped the prize.

Little Nell Holmes-Smith, four, got a special prize for her rabbit 'onesie' outfit.

See this Thursday's Advertiser for more photos from the run.

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