Picture special: Runners put best feet forward in gruelling 10-mile race at Yorkshire mansion

Runners at Temple Newsam

Runners at Temple Newsam

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HUNDREDS of runners tackled a gruelling 10-mile race at a Leeds beauty spot despite facing wet weather and muddy conditions.

More than 700 runners signed up for the course at the Temple Newsam estate, which took participants through woodlands, along country paths and around nearby lakes before eventually reaching the finish line.

Runners pass by the house at the start of the TNT, Temple Newsham 10 mile race in Leeds. (Picture Tony Johnson)

Runners pass by the house at the start of the TNT, Temple Newsham 10 mile race in Leeds. (Picture Tony Johnson)

The first ever Temple Newsam Ten Mile (TNT) race was organised by St Theresa’s Athletic Club and was a sold-out event.

Organiser Tracey Piper said: “We didn’t expect it to sell out to be honest but it was a big success and everyone who crossed the line had positive feedback.

“We are now looking to make it an annual event.”

The weather conditions were not enough to put runners off, with the first crossing the finish line in just over an hour.

Runners  by the house at the start of the TNT, Temple Newsham 10 mile race in Leeds. (Picture Tony Johnson)

Runners by the house at the start of the TNT, Temple Newsham 10 mile race in Leeds. (Picture Tony Johnson)

Rothwell Harriers runner Mark Smith finished with a time of one hour and five seconds.

The first woman to cross the finish line was Charmaine Horsfall from Pudsey, Leeds, with a time of one hour, 11 minutes and 45 seconds.

The race was held at the 500-year-old estate in east Leeds on Sunday.

Mark smith of the Rothwell Harriers wins the TNT, Temple Newsham 10 mile race in Leeds. Picture Tony Johnson

Mark smith of the Rothwell Harriers wins the TNT, Temple Newsham 10 mile race in Leeds. Picture Tony Johnson

Charmaine Horsfall from Pudsey  first lady home at the TNT, Temple Newsham 10 mile race in Leeds. (Picture Tony Johnson)

Charmaine Horsfall from Pudsey first lady home at the TNT, Temple Newsham 10 mile race in Leeds. (Picture Tony Johnson)

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