SCORES of men put their best stilettos forward in aid of Derian House at the weekend.

Now a firm favourite on the calendar of the children’s charity, the ‘Dames on the Run’ event saw runners, dressed as panto dames, sprinting around Astley Park.

The event is staged to celebrate all the Derian dads who do so much to support their families.

With Paul K Sound & Vision blasting out numbers such as “Luck be a Lady”, and “There is nothing like a Dame”, everyone was soon in the mood to be put through their paces in the warm up, courtesy of Nick from FitBox on Buckshaw Village

Sarah the Cook, aka Andy Burke, the Dame from Chorley Little Theatre’s production of Whittington, was also there to bring a touch of showbiz glitz to the event as he started the race to get the guys off to a flying start.

And this year there was lots of corporate support for the event, including runners from Leyland-based ATACC Group.

Mark Schofield, marketing director, said: “My partner works at Derian House and I know the amazing stuff they do. When I suggested it, the guys got involved and they absolutely loved it.”

Community fundraiser for Derian House, Judy Miller, said: “We’re absolutely delighted with the outcome of this fantastic event! Dames on the Run has proved yet again to be one of the most vibrant and fun events we’ve ever staged and it’s clear that participants and spectators alike have had a wonderful time!

"A huge thank you is due to everyone who supported the event, but especially to all the fabulous guys who signed up to be a Dame for a day in support of Derian House!"