RUNNERS at this year's JCB Lakeside Five and Fun Run fought intense heat to help raise more than £3,000 for the NSPCC.
Runners overcame the hot and humid conditions on Thursday, July 17, to complete the course on what turned out to be the warmest day of the year so far with temperatures nudging 27 degrees.
More than 400 took part in the five-mile senior race and 2.3 mile fun run on a scenic course around JCB World Headquarters in Rocester.
In the process they raised around £3,500 for the NSPCC in Staffordshire.
Earlier this month the JCB Mud Run also raised more than £50,000 for the NSPCC.
Everyone completing the race, which was sponsored by JCB Agriculture, was given a special commemorative bronze medal featuring one of the company's distinctive machines.
First over the line was Staffordshire Police Sergeant Ben Gamble in a time of 25 mins and 38 seconds, notching up his eighth consecutive win.
The first woman to complete the course was Rebecca Harrison, a Newcastle-under-Lyme College lecturer from Cheadle.
Also running was a team of design engineers from JCB India's factory in Pune, who are in the UK on a year-long secondment.
Almost 30 per cent of the field was made up by JCB employees, with the others being mainly keen or club runners.
First JCB man over the line was JCB Group Digital Manager Craig Jeffery in a time of 29 minutes and 21 seconds, hotly pursued by his running partner JCB World Parts Sales Manager Dave Allen.
Dave, aged 49, of Tean, said: "I love the competitive edge of running in this race, I was very tired but it was great fun."
First JCB woman home was Carolyn Gilligan, of Stone, who works for JCB Dealer Development. She notched up a time of 36 minutes and 32 seconds.