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Runners take in all Malmesbury's pretty sights
Hundreds of people descended on Malmesbury on Sunday for the town’s second annual half marathon.
Organisers say they are thrilled with the response from runners and crowds who cheered them on.
“It was absolutely amazing,” said organiser James Higgs. “It was a brilliant, brilliant atmosphere.
“Everywhere you went there were lots of people watching, and everyone was cheering and clapping and taking photos.”
The weather was also on everybody’s side.
Mr Higgs said: “Compared to last year’s it was better, but that’s probably because of the weather.
“It was nice and warm, which may have been a bit too warm for some, but for most people I think it was ideal; they loved it.”
The winner was Stuart Henderson, from Corsham Running Club, who completed the race in one hour and 19 minutes.
The route took entrants through Easton Grey, Norton, Shipton Moyne and Brokenborough.
Mr Higgs said: “I set up the route to go through all the prettiest villages around Malmesbury.”
Thousands of pounds have been raised for charities with many of the 300 runners being sponsored.
For Karen Young, 37, from Pewsham, Chippenham, it was her first half marathon.
She raised between £400 and £500 to help her four-year-old nephew Harry Whitworth. Harry, who goes to St Nicholas School, contracted bacterial meningitis when he was a week old and developed cerebral palsy.
His parents Kelly, 35, and Ben, 34, of Cepen Park North, have researched additional therapy for Harry and the money will go towards this treatment.
Speaking on Monday, Caroline Hogg, who ran the Malmesbury and Chippen-ham half marathons this year, in aid of Riding for the Disabled, said: “I feel a little bit body weary, but I do feel good. Yesterday was a tougher route, although I did it in a better time. I even managed a sprint finish.”
Miss Hogg, 40, completed the run in two hours and one minute and raised £535.
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