A YOUNG athlete from Worcester was the first boy to cross the 5km finishing line in the Acorns Triple Run.

Riley Carpenter, aged ten, celebrated his success in the annual race which was held at the Three Counties Showground on Sunday, June 22.

Libby Dickenson, 12, from Stroud was the fastest girl.

A total of 1,316 walkers, joggers and runners sweltered in the sunshine at the event at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern to help raise £40,000 to provide care for Acorns Children's Hospice.

A total of 866 runners took part in the Malvern half-marathon, with another 359 taking on the 5km Woodland Trail and a further 91entrants enjoying the 1km Fun Run - a wheelchair-friendly route for children, adults and those with special needs.

Shujea Khatun, major events officer at Acorns, said: “We’d like to thank everyone who took part, all those who have supported us through sponsorship and everyone who volunteered to make the day a success.

"Without them we would not have been able to do it.

“It’s fantastic to see so much support, not just in the numbers who took part, but also in the money raised by each participant.

"We saw such a wide range of ages take part as well, which shows it’s such a fun family event.”

Acorns is encouraging all participants to send in their sponsorship money as soon as possible.

For more information visit www.acorns.org.uk/triplerun or call 0844 984 0405.