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Hundreds of runners braved the weather to take part in the Exeter City Community Trust Half Marathon this weekend

Photo credit: Samantha Maddox

A total of 900 people signed up for the sell-out event, which took place on Saturday and Sunday mornings, setting off from the Piazza and heading out along paths beside the River Exe.

Tom Gange was the male winner and Alison Thorn was the first female home on Saturday. On Sunday the male winner was Gwylym Gibson and the female winner was Rachel Sanders.

Amongst the participants were a group from the Exeter City Football Club management team, who were running to raise funds for six local charities. Assistant manager Kev Nicholson, head of performance and wellbeing Jon Pitts, sports scientist Tom Yates, first team sports therapist Sam Alfieri and U9-U10 Cell Lead Coach (PPTCS) Yemi Odubade, took part in the event to raise  money for the Exeter City Community Fund.

The fund supports six local charities, who are Exeter City Community Trust, Exeter Community Initiatives, Alright Mate? CiC, Exeter Leukaemia Fund, Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services and Refugee Support Devon.

Jamie Vittles, chief executive of Exeter City Community Trust, said: “Well done to everyone who took part in the events this weekend. It was fantastic to stage a sell-out event and we’re grateful to everyone who commits to our races; their entry fees help to support our charity’s work in the community.

“It was great to see Kev and the team taking part to raise funds for the six charities which are supported by the football club and Exeter City Supporters’ Trust.”

The charity’s running events are supported by main sponsor Tozers LLP, and community partners Exeter Live Better, Radio Exe, Trowers and Hamlins, Tesco and the ILEC Group. Exeter City Community Trust also works with four selected charities a year, offering free places to runners who fund raise for them. The current charity beneficiaries are Exeter Leukaemia Fund, Children’s Hospice South West, Alright Mate? CIC and Julian House.

Daniel Ridgeway, Exeter City Community Trust charity development officer and race event manager, said: “Thanks to our sponsors for their continued commitment to our events. Their contribution enables us to channel as much of the funds raised back into the charity’s activities as possible.

“We’re also very grateful to the dedicated volunteers, who turn up, whatever the weather to, act as marshals and stage our events. We really appreciate them giving their time.”

The majority of races organised by Exeter City Community Trust – with the exception of the Granite Way, which is on Dartmoor and the Exeter Santa Run, which takes place in the city centre – start off from Piazza Terracina on Exeter Quay. The routes then follow paths alongside the River Exe and through Riverside Valley Park, creating a fast flat course, which is ideal for beginners and those seeking a personal record time.

The events planned for the year ahead are the Granite Way, 10 & 20 miles on March 10; Exeter Live Better Marathon and Community 5 mile on May 12 and the 10K River Run on June 28. The new season of running events is launched later in the year and begins with the October Halloween event, which is followed by the Santa Run in December.

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