A BRAND new fundraising event in aid of Manorlands is on course to coin-in more than £30,000.

The inaugural Run Bolton Abbey, on Sunday, attracted 1,364 entrants.

Organisers say they are delighted with the amount raised.

But they add that whilst there was considerable positive feedback, there were congestion issues at a couple of points on the route.

"In general the feedback has been good but there were too many people for certain parts of the course and this led to frustration for some," said Andrew Wood, fundraiser at the Oxenhope Sue Ryder hospice.

"The issues occurred where there are two stiles quite close together. We thought by that point the runners would be spread out but people were having to queue.

"The consensus was that it's a 'great event in waiting' and we have learned a lot from it.

"We'll sit down with stakeholders, including people from the running clubs, and address the issues to see what changes can be made.

"Financially the event went very well and there were plenty of positives."

Entrants could choose from 10K, ten-mile and half-marathon runs on trails around the picturesque Bolton Abbey estate.

Routes – some of which are not normally accessible to the public – included Hammerthorne Hill, the Valley of Desolation and Strid Wood.

There was also a two-mile fun run, which headed alongside the River Wharfe to the Priory and returned on the other side of the water.

The event was sponsored by Midgley Motors, of Snaygill.

Partner organisations involved were the Bolton Abbey Estate and Keelham Farm Shop, with support from Skipton Athletics Club and the Airedale Dodgers running club.

There was chip timing and all participants received a bespoke medal and goody bag.

Mr Wood pays tribute to all those who supported the event.

"We had more than 40 volunteer marshals out along the course and everyone was full of praise for them – we are extremely grateful for their help," he said.

"I would also like to say a big thank-you to Midgley Motors for its sponsorship, to Skipton Athletics Club and the Airedale Dodgers and Keelham."

Full results can be found at racebest.com/results/6vke3.