Hundreds take part in first half-marathon

By Gary Smee 14/03 Updated: 16/03 12:02

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Buy photos » A total of 248 runners took part in the first ever Blackminster Half-Marathon on Sunday. Picture by Charmaine Mitchell.

ALMOST 250 people laced up their running shoes and took part in the first ever Blackminster Half Marathon.

Sunday's (March 11) event saw runners start from Blackminster Business Park before a gruelling 13.1 mile route took them through surrounding villages and back to the finish line at Blackminster Middle School.

David Bell from Cirencester Athletics Club won the race in an impressive time of 1 hr 14 mins and 49 secs and was almost six minutes ahead of runner up Simon Hall from Evesham Vale Running Club.

Everyone who finished received a medal donated by Tower Trophies.

Colin Lewis-Painter, who organised the event with his wife Linzi, said he was delighted with the success of the race which was blessed with blue skies and balmy temperatures.

"I would like to thank all the enthusiastic volunteers and spectators who ensured the event got off to the best start possible, something that was noticed by all the runners who have been steadily posting compliments on runner’s forums," he added.

Proceeds from the event, which was sponsored by Gusterson, Palmer and James, are still being counted and will go to Evesham Cardiac Rehab and Evesham Round Table.

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Buy photos» Race winner David Bell crosses the finish line. Picture by Michael Pitts

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