03:24AM, Tuesday 07 May 2013
A packed field of 1,800 fundraising ladies took off down Windsor's Long Walk on yesterday for the inaugural She Runs Windsor 10k all women race.
The event, aimed at women of all levels, ages and abilities who are passionate about health, fitness and well-being took runners around the Great Park to raise money for good causes.
Shauna Buffington, of Competitor Europe, who organised the race, said: "This is the first She Runs event in the UK and it has been a fantastic success.
"It's a beautiful location and a very lovely place for a family atmosphere.
"It gives it such a festive summer feel."
The Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead Cllr Colin Rayner started the race.
Sarah Wilkins from Wokingham finished just 41 minutes and 59 seconds later, coming in first place.
She was closely followed in second place by Anna Bartlett of Maidenhead.
Helen Preedy, sports development officer for the Royal Borough, crossed the line in third.
"Part of my job is to encourage women to participate in sports, and this is a great event," she said.
"I wanted to come and run and see what it was like, but I didn’t expect to finish third."
Once they had all crossed the line, runners could relax and enjoy the Treat Me area to revitalise, rejuvenate and relax their tired legs with a range of mini treatments and massages.
For those who wanted to celebrate their achievement in a bit more style, champagne and sweet treats were on offer too.
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