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Bridgwater Half Marathon raises thousands for cancer charity

WELL over £6,000 was raised for Cancer Research UK by the annual Bridgwater Half Marathon yesterday.

More than 800 people took part in the event overall, with runners also competing in a 10k race and a 5k fun run.

The event was organised by the Bridgwater branch of Cancer Research UK while Kellands Plant Sales were the chief sponsor.

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Gavin Roberts of the Bridgwater branch said: “We were very pleased with the turn-out and the money raised, which I suspect will be substantially more by the time we’ve added it all up.

“I’d like to say a special thanks to all the volunteers who enable the event to go ahead, in addition to the core team. More than 75 people offered their services to help with things like marshalling and First Aid.”

On a misty morning the runners in the half marathon set off from Bridgwater Morganians Rugby Club and made their way towards Chedzoy and the surrounding areas of Bridgwater before returning to the club.

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As well as the main Bridgwater Half Marathon, the event also included a 10k race and a 5k fun run.

Christian Green (1hr 11m 32s) was the first to finish the half marathon while the fastest female runner was veteran Gill Pearson (1hr 24m 48s).

The fastest veteran was Benjamin Haines (1hr 13m 22s) and the quickest super veteran was Paul Sadler (1hr 15m 31s).

William True won the 10k in 33m 22s, finishing a distance clear of Simon Gilbert (36m 45s).

For a full list of winners and times visit www.chiptimingresults.co.uk/results.aspx?CId=61&RId=449

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