RUNNERS laced their trainers to raise vital funds for Colchester charities.

Rotary clubs in Colchester held their annual 10k race for charity which has raised thousands of pounds for lifeline organisations in recent years.

The event was hosted by Rotary in Colchester, a partnership of the town’s three rotary clubs, and is run by volunteers.

The race began on Circular Road North, seeing runners continue on pavements and tracks around Colchester Garrison.

Runners crossed the finish line at the garrison’s track on North Circular Road after battling it out on pathways around the venue.

Rotary in Colchester’s Jo Portway said: “The race proved to be a fabulous yet again with an almost holiday feel to the event - the sun was shining, the crowds were happy.

“Many runners enter every year for this enjoyable community event. Some were representing athletic and running clubs, others come from park runs, groups of friends or as individuals.

“All three clubs carry out events to raise money or support for the community, youth and international projects.

“This year the main charities that are being supported are East Anglian Children’s Hospice, Colchester Food Bank and Colchester Emergency Night Shelter.”