RUNNERS put their best foot forward to raise money to help needy children.

More than 100 people ran up Lyle Hill in the Glenpark Harriers 'Lyle Mile' event to start the new year in style.

Everyone taking part in the event was asked to make a donation to Children in Poverty Inverclyde before filling out their online registration form.

Generous runners together raised £800 for the cause.

The cash will help to ensure that disadvantaged youngsters will get holiday breaks and treats.

Trustee John McGovern of CIPI said the funds will be 'vital' for the charity.

He added: "Credit must be given to all the harriers, their friends and family, and everyone who took part in the run.

"The money is such a great help to us.

"It will go towards Easter, summer and Christmas events and activities and will help families all over Inverclyde.

"We want to say a huge thank-you to the Harriers for their tremendous support."

Glenpark Harriers welfare officer Alison King says she was thrilled by the number of people who took part and the diverse age range of the runners.

She added: "We had people of all ages and abilities, from nine years old upwards.

"We always want to focus on local charities that are close to our hearts.

"Children in Poverty is such a great cause and we're very proud to have raised such a fantastic amount for them."