MORE than 100 runners took on the formidable Bratton Hilly 11km challenge on Saturday to raise hundreds of pounds for children's hospice Julia's House.

The 21st edition of the Hilly run, which sees runners weave their way around the village and to the edge of the Salisbury Plain, saw 111 entries, the youngest of which was 16-year-old Joshua Whitefield-Lott, of Avon Valley Runners, and 79-year-old Chris Beck of the Dorset Doddlers.

Despite having a few hiccups with the organising, including My Skills Life stepping in at the last minute for first aid cover, race director Simon Reeves said the event was one of the best that had ever taken place.

"It was a hugely successful and enjoyable day. There was a great atmosphere, some good times and hopefully we can raise a good amount for a great cause," he said.

"It really was right up there. If we get over 100 people it is always seen as a success. We had some new entrants this year. It is a demanding run, with a lot of nasty uphill bits and then right at the end there is, what we call, the sting in the tail, with a steep hill at the end for good measure.

"I want to thank everyone who helped out to make this possible. Without these volunteers the event could not take place, so their help is really valued. I took part for the 21st time and I still love it."