Kings Langley Puffaten was 'surprising' success

Watford Observer: Picture by Eddie Dillon ProMedia 2014 Picture by Eddie Dillon ProMedia 2014

Organisers are set to make the Kings Langley Puffaten an annual event after "surprising" themselves with how well it went.

More than three hundred people took to the streets on Sunday and raised more than £3,500, which will go towards Kings Langley Primary School in Common Lane and other local charities.

Alan Johnson, governor at Kings Langley Primary School and the organiser of the Kings Langley Puffaten told the Watford Observer that next year's race will be held on June 14 after this year’s event was "far more successful than any of us imagined."

Runners left the village via Barnes Lane, before joining Rucklers Lane and connecting to Bulstrode Lane. They then turned onto Tower Hill and then headed back towards Kings Langley using the Chipperfield Road.

Alan Johnson, governor at Kings Langley Primary School said: "We hope to double the numbers at the event next year and given the feedback we have had, despite the weather and the difficulty of the course, the runners really enjoyed it."

But Mr Johnson said that the event would benefit from more local knowledge and expertise.

He added: "The main thing we need is a little bit more help from local villagers.

"The route is obviously one the runners enjoyed doing, so it is about trying to galvanise support from those who are not going to run the event."

In total 156 people completed the 10k, while 100 ran the 3k and 76 took part in the 1.5k race.

Married couple Mark Ryall and Linsey Ryall took the spoils in both the 10k races, with Mark winning the Men’s race in a time of 34 minutes 31 seconds and Linsey won the Women’s race in 45 minutes 23 seconds.

Kabir Ahluwalia-Pandor, 14, won the 3k fun-run with a time of 12 minutess 54 seconds while seven-year-old Oliver Painter won the 1.5k race. 

Despite runners having to be aged 16 for the 10k event, children as young as two participated in the 1.5k fun run and 81 year-old Bryan Rycroft joined entrants from various running clubs in the 10k race. 

Paula Harris, headteacher at Kings Primary School said: "It was fantastic, better than we expected."

"It was just a family atmosphere and everyone was really supportive. It made us proud as it was held here at the school."

"Because it was a beautiful day, children were out with their water pistols shooting at the runners as they went past, which the runners absolutely loved.

"Everyone finished with a smile and it was a really good event."

In addition to the variety of races, a BBQ was available at the Common Lane School and the warm-ups for the children's events were led by special guests Batman and Robin.

Entrants had to pay £15 to enter the 10k event and anyone who wanted to enter the 3k or 1.5k races had to pay £5.

The event was attended by Richard Roberts, county councillor for Kings Langley, who participated in the 10k event and Mike Penning, MP for Hemel Hempstead.

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