Hundreds of runners flock to Kings Langley for Puffaten challenge

Kings Langley Primary School and Comets Running Club re-launched the Puffaten races. Images provided � Eddie Dillon ProMedia 2014
Kings Langley Primary School and Comets Running Club re-launched the Puffaten races. Images provided � Eddie Dillon ProMedia 2014

Kings Langley Primary School and Comets Running Club re-launched the Puffaten races on Sunday – with more than 600 runners and spectators taking advantage of the early morning sunshine.

Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning visited the school to start the races and enjoy the atmosphere as fun runners warmed up with Batman and Robin before their races – and then demolished a bacon roll and a cup of tea with others worn out by simply watching.

When the 10k event got under way, there was a chance for the youngsters to get on the bouncy castles before the runners returned, with Mark Ryall (34.31) and Linsey Ryall (45.23) being first male and female home respectively.

Competitors left the village via Barnes Lane, before joining Rucklers Lane and heading to Bulstrode Lane. They turned onto Tower Hill and headed back to Kings Langley by using Chipperfield Road.

Robert Palmer and Samantha Walsh were the first veterans home.

In the fun runs, Oliver Painter and Libby Mallord were first boy and girl in the 1.5k race, while Kabir Ahluwalia-Pandor and Jessica Chadwick were first boy and girl in the 3k event.

All those who took part and the spectators are already looking forward to next year’s event on June 14.

“Terrific but terrifying,” was how runner Keith Gower described the event. He added: “It was a fabulous run, but a real challenge.”

Others taking part in the race included cllr Richard Roberts and Parish Council chairman Ron Smith, who both finished in respectable times.

The biggest cheer of the day went to 81-year-old Bryan Rycroft who finished in a little over 90 minutes.