Stroud Half Marathon fastest in 10 years
MORE than 1,600 runners pushed themselves to the limit over 13 miles around Stroud today.
The annual Stroud Half Marathon attracted everyone from elite athletes to fun runners decked out in fancy dress.
Temperatures were down with the course under fog for most of the morning, and Stroud AC's Ander Russell made the most of favourable conditions.
Second place overall was the best result for a Stroud AC runner for many years in the event which takes in Stonehouse, Standish, Moreton Valence, and Whitminster.
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He finished almost six minutes behind Luka Rotich, who crossed the line in 1hr 3min 47secs - the fastest time in 10 years and two minutes off the event record.
The event was about more than just the elite, as all faced personal bests to beat or goals to achieve.
Runners dressed as Spiderman, the 118 500 runners, and a pirate took to the line, along with one of the event's long standing supporters.
Mike Adlam from Edge has raised £122,000 over the many years he has run the event for the Williams Syndrome charity.
Secondary school runners competed in a mile dash along Cainscross Road, with primary children covering a kilometre.
For more on the Stroud Half Marathon, see tomorrow's Citizen.