Runners of all ages and abilities were out in force for this year’s Fleet 10km and 5km Peter Driver Memorial runs on Sunday.

Race director Richard Jackson was ‘delighted’ as more than 1,000 runners – the most ever to start – tackled the courses.

“It was perfect weather conditions for the race – dry, bright and cool,” he said.

“If we’d booked it we couldn’t have asked for better.

“The race organisation went like clockwork thanks to in excess of 100 volunteers who gave up their Sunday morning lie-in, for which I’m immensely grateful.”

Mr Jackson thanked all the marshals, the signage team, registration team, drinks station team, photographers, sports massage therapists and Fleet and Crookham Athletic Club’s junior members, who once again helped the runners with an upbeat pre-race warm up before dashing off to run their own races or handing out medals, water, bananas and sweets.

Runners at the start of the Peter Driver Memorial 10k and 5k Road Race

He also thanked the two race partners, Sweatshop Woking and Think Ford.

“Our race seems to go from strength to strength each year, which makes race organisation so worthwhile,” Mr Jackson added.

“Not only have we filled and had to close entries early for three consecutive years now, but we have had our largest number of runners ever start the race this year, with over 1,000 toeing the line for the 10k and not forgetting the 5k where we are seeing some tremendous performances each year from junior runners.”

Organised by Fleet and Crookham Athletic Club, the race started in Fleet Road, near The Harlington. The route passed through the town centre towards the station, then left into Elvetham Road, left again into Reading Road North and once more into Fleet Road, where the route was repeated.

Aldershot, Farnham and District runner Alex Pointon won the 10k race in a time of 32 minutes and 27 seconds, while the first woman home was Team GB Olympic marathon runner Claire Hallissey in 37 minutes and 31 seconds.

Around 1,000 runners tackled this year's 10k and 5k events

Will Davidson won the 5k race in 17 minutes and seven seconds, while Katie Hopkins was second in 18 minutes and 58 seconds.

Mr Jackson added: “We would also like to thank again the residents and businesses of Fleet that are so accommodating, despite the fact that we close off roads outside your front doors.

“We do genuinely appreciate your patience.”