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Hundreds of runners took to the paths alongside the River Exe this weekend for the annual Exeter Live Better Marathon

Organised by Exeter City Community Trust, the partner charity of Exeter City Football Club, the event – which took place on Sunday – also included a five mile race.

The sun shone for the events which follow paths beside the River Exe and through Riverside Valley Park. It is ideal for first time marathon runners as well as seasoned competitors looking to achieve a personal best, which many of them did, with the first place male finisher, James Pugsley completing the course in 2:38:11.2. It was a double success for James, who also won the half marathon earlier this year.

The first three home in the women’s category were: 1 – Jessica Bruce, 2 – Jessica Riches, 3 – Sarah Easton. And the first three men home, were: 1 – James Pugsley, 2 – Steve Burrows, 3 – Michael Birchmore.

Exeter City Community Trust offers free places to runners raising funds for its partner charities, which are Exeter Leukaemia Fund, Children’s Hospice South West, Alright Mate? CIC and Julian House. The event is sponsored by Tozers, HSBC, Exeter Live Better and Radio Exe.

Jamie Vittles, chief executive of Exeter City Community Trust, said: “We had a fantastic event this weekend. Completing a marathon really is an impressive feat, which requires dedication and training, so huge congratulations to everyone who took part. Thank you to our sponsors who enable us to stage this event and to our volunteer stewards who ensure it all runs smoothly.

“Profits from our running events go back into our charity enabling us to continue to deliver our work in the community – so we’re very grateful to everyone who continues to support us.”

Exeter City Community Trust stages a variety of events throughout the year. The next event is the 10k River Run which takes place on June 30 and is the ideal progression for those moving on from Couch to 5k.

For more information about Exeter City Community Trust running events, visit www.exetercct.org