Hun­dreds hit the streets for the Tewkes­bury half marathon

Gloucestershire Echo - - FRONT PAGE -

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

per­sonal tragedy.

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

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