RUNNERS worked of their turkey dinner in a big Boxing Day race.

The Halstead Road Runners hosted their annual Turkey Trot race again this Boxing Day.

The event has been taking place since 1987 and is hugely popular within the town with 45 runners taking part this year.

One of the club’s longest serving members, Don English, planned a new route for this year which saw runners starting in Butler Road Car Park before heading up the High Street, along past the Leisure Centre before heading back into town past the Griffin, Lidl and onto Kings Road, then up and over Chapel Hill before finishing back at the car park.

The winner is the person who finishes closest to their predicted finish time over the 5k course, which was Charlotte King who was only four seconds off her predicted time.

She received a trophy in memory of former club member Fred Humphrey as well as £20 prize money donated by another former club member Brian Brown.

Charlotte asked for the money to be given to a charity supported by the club.

In joint second place was Charlotte husband, Simon King, and Adrian Gasser who were both only nine seconds away from their predicted finish time.

Not only were the racers running for prizes, they were also competing in fancy dress.

The race saw a Christmas tree, a Christmas pudding, Jesus, a Nun and even former pop duo Wham getting involved.

Claiming the fancy dress prize was father and daughter duo Steve and Martha May who were the scarecrow and Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.