HUNDREDS of men, women and youngsters ignored the rain to make the second Fitness First 10k and family fun run a record-breaking bonanza.
The event, on The King George V Playing Fields and Queen's Park, proved as popular as ever despite the wet conditions.
And course records fell with exciting regularity.
Organiser Keith Hancock said: 'It was great to see so many primary school children taking part. In June just 36 took part, but it almost tripled this time.
'Thanks to the teachers who helped, Fitness First, Asics, Mornflake Oats, Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council, and everyone who raised money for the special baby care unit at Leighton Hospital.'
Gary Castrey, from Stoke, set a new record of 36:26 in winning the 10k race, with Ben Flannery (38:01) in second and Anthony Haycock (40:51) third.
First woman was Haslington's Claire Heath (50:27), pipping Mel Saywell (50:29) and Sue Dunn (52:03).
First home in the 5k was David Heath, from Haslington, won broke the course record by 30 seconds by clocking 19:49. Youngster Sean Dyer (20:25) was second, with Vic Bickerton (20:26) third.
Julia Myatt (20:30) slashed four minutes off the women's 5k re-cord, ahead of Ruth Preston (22:40) and Alison Guillem (25:46).
Nine-year-old Lewis Mallison powered home to win the 2.5k fun run in a superb 11:55, with five-year-old Sam Marsden excelling in second with 12:56. Sally Horgan (13:10) was third.
Sound School came away overall winners in the relay challenge. They won the boys race, while the top girls were from Haslington Primary and top mixed team were Monks Coppenhall Primary.
Meanwhile, South Cheshire Harrier Mike Hatton performed well at the Northern British Masters 10-mile road race, at Lytham St Annes on Sunday.
He finished 39th out of more than 300 runners, and his time of 1:00:30 was enough to place 19th in the Over-45 category.
Elsewhere, Charles Rowlands completed the 16.5m Sandstone Trail A race in 2:32.06, while Andy Caunt also took part. Mike Cutler clocked 1:45:47 in the shorter B race, backed by team-mate Dave Naylor.
Steve Dawson finished 60th in 1.30.57 at the Macclesfield Half-Marathon. Sheila Bickerton (1:43.03) and Glenn Riley (1:46:18) also took part.
At the North of England Junior Road Relay Championships on Sunday, Sandbach ace Zach Cross helped Vale Royal U17s finish 10th.