Hundreds hit the streets for the Tewkesbury half marathon
MORE than 800 competitors hit the roads around Tewkesbury for the town’s annual half marathon.
Warm weather welcomed the runners as they took on the 13.1-mile challenge.
Everyone from running clubs to enthusiastic fundraisers took on the task with the race HQ at the town’s leisure centre.
Among those running was a group of firefighters who took on the event while wearing 4kg of ‘restrictive’ kit.
The group of 10 firefighters, seven ofrom Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, Station 42 Ledbury, were raising money for the Firefighters Charity.
Craig Fletcher, from Ledbury Fire Station, said he was also raising money for the West Midlands Air Ambulance Service, who are particularly dear to him and his family following a close
The winner was Tewkesbury film producer Phil Beastall, who was raising awareness for the Good Grief Trust, for which he is an ambassador.
Mr Beastall, who also won the race last year, came home in a time of one hour, nine minutes and 23 seconds.
He said: “I do a lot of running, I’m a Cheltenham Harrier.
“I came close to running for England back in 2017 but took a year out last year.
“I’m on my comeback now and hope to be in personal best shape by the end of the summer.”
The Good Grief Trust aims to to help all those suffering grief in the UK and provide reassurance and support.
The first woman back was Annabel Granger in a time of one hour, 24 minutes and eight seconds.
» For results turn over to pages 22 and 23.
Pictures: Anna Lythgoe