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Sun shines on Fleet Half Marathon runners

Crowds of spectators lined the sun-drenched streets on Sunday to cheer on participants

Runners take to the streets or Fleet Half Marathon

The sun shone over a sea of runners competing in this year's Fleet Half Marathon.

Athletes pounded the streets throughout the town centre on Sunday (March 16) for the 33rd annual race, also known as the Brooks Fleet Pre-London Half Marathon. 

The pavements outside coffee shops, supermarkets and schools were teeming with friends and family cheering their loved ones on.

The bustling start line at Calthorpe Park was a tense moment as silence fell for the bang of the staring gun.

 

Janet Leggett, of race organisers Fleet and Crookham Athletic Club, said: “The weather could not of been better, it is such a beautiful sunny day.

“We should have good numbers coming through this year, compared to 2013 where some people dropped out because of the bad weather.

“We have lots of people running and hopefully a few personal bests will be set.”

Participants raised money for 55 different charities this year.

Around 200 runners took part on behalf of Hartley Wintney-based Matthew Elvidge Trust.

Runner Maria Knight ran in memory of her 12-year-old daughter and money raised from sponsorship will go towards a remembrance garden.

 

A group supporting Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research took part as they have done every year since the race started.

Mrs Leggett congratulated race director Penny Abbott for her hard work in making sure the race flowed smoothly.

Mrs Leggett said: “She has been attending weekly meetings since September to make sure everything went as it should.

“Everything is absolutely fantastic when she is in charge.”

More than 200 volunteers marshalled the course including members of Fleet's scout and guide groups.

“We have a massive number of people who return each year to help put this race on,” Mrs Leggett added.

“We could not do it without the strong support from the community.”

 

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