Runners of the Fleet Half Marathon enjoyed sunny skies as they took part in the race on Sunday (March 22).

Athletes lied up before the 10.30am start at Reading Road North's junction with Tavistock Road, with runners doing a loop of the roads around Calthorpe Park before heading out to the countryside.

Places for the race were snapped up ahead of the deadline, with 2,444 runners taking part in the 34th annual race.

There were a few runners dressed up in fancy dress, namely Scooby-Doo and Elsa from the Disney movie Frozen.

Charities which will benefit from this year's race include Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, Fleet & Church Crookham Community First Responders and the Matthew Elvidge Trust, a Harley Wintney-based charity set up by Matthew's family after he took his own life following a brief period of depression.

Rosie Tressler, Vicky Gall and Rosanna Hardwick from Student Minds, a UK student mental health charity took part in the race.

“We are raising money for Students Minds. Matthew Elvidge helps to fund us and one out of seven runners are from the trust,” Vicky said. “We have been training since January, we found a plan and have run 15 kilometres.”

“We are looking forward to it being done, it is our first half marathon.”

Race director Penny Abbott said “It would be impossible to say thank you individually to everyone who has made today so special, there are so many people involved.

But I have to in particular say a massive thank you to my team from Fleet & Crookham AC who put hours of their free time into this event.

"We must be doing something right, because people keep coming back year after year to run in our half marathon.

"And of course a big thank you goes to the runners – thank you for choosing Fleet, and making all our hard work worthwhile.

See you again in 2016.”