Runners were bathed in glorious Devon sunshine at Sunday’s Plymouth Half Marathon with nearly 4000 taking part in the event in the maritime city.
Lined with thousands of supporters, the race was started by local fundraiser Steve Turner, who also took on his record breaking twentieth consecutive run at the event. In total, 3,944 participants toed the startline at the iconic landmark Plymouth Hoe.
Kairn Stone from Newham and Essex Beagles made the trip West worthwhile as he won the event in 1:09:47. In second place came Neil Eddy from Mounts Bay Harriers in 1:14:40 followed by Tamar Trotters’ Jacob Landers in 1:15:22.
The leading ladies were Emma Schuck (Hale Runners), who clocked 1:21:52, Annabel Granger (Bristol & West AC) in 1:22:45 and Rebecca Mingo of Bere Alston Trekkers who placed third with 1:27:22.
Over 2,600 local school pupils also completed their own collective half marathon distance, taking on the final mile of the Schools’ Challenge directly after the start of the main race.
As part of the event, all young runners helped to raise vital funds for CLIC Sargent in the South West, the cancer charity for children and young people.
Jamie Warren, from the race organiser GO2, said: "Congratulations to each and every runner who crossed the line today! We are delighted with the turnout and the inspirational crowd support shown by Plymouth residents today, not just along The Hoe, but throughout streets of the entire route.
“Runners were treated to some of the best weather conditions the race has seen, which always has a huge impact on the race day atmosphere and the number of people that come out to celebrate the collective achievements of all who take part.
“All of our participants, from the elites to those first timers, should feel extremely proud of their achievements. We hope the events success will inspire many more to sign up for next year’s event!”
Official charity partners for the race, Macmillan Cancer Research and Children’s Hospice South West, thanked everyone who took part and who donated to their runners.
In addition to the race partners, thousands of people took part to help fundraise for many more charities close to their hearts.
Steve Gill completed his year-long challenge for RNLI, running his 52nd half marathon in as many weeks, and Plymouth Parnells Gaelic football club broke a world record by kicking a ball from toe to hand over 40,000 times collectively along the 13.1 mile route, in aid of St Luke's Hospice.
If you feel inspired by this year’s race, pre-registration is now open for next year’s race at www.plymouthhalfmarathon.com