01:03AM, Monday 30 September 2013
The sun beamed down on almost 5,000 runners for the 31st annual Windsor Half Marathon.
Competitors braced the autumnal heat to take part in the 13 mile race which set of at 1pm yesterday from the Long Walk and took runners around two laps of Windsor Great Park.
With Windsor Castle in the background, spectators could be seen for as long as a mile from the start to as far as the Copper Horse.
The race was kicked off by Deputy Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead John Lenton.
As well as motivational music, commentary could be heard from James Thie, a British 1500m record holder.
The fastest male runner was Kojo Kyereme who completed the race in one hour, nine minutes and 39 seconds and ran as part of the Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers.
The fastest female runner was Lesley Locks from the Hart Road Runners team who crossed the finish line in one hour, 19 minutes and 32 second and came ninth overall.
Others opted for a more relaxed pace with several people in fancy dress, including competitors sporting a superman costume whilst some decided to walk the route.
For the first time in the event's history there was also a chance for children to take part with a two mile fun run and prizes for competitors in U13, U15 and U17 categories.
Organiser John Hier estimates the money brought in from the race feeds alone with be about £40,000.
The funds will be split between The Price Philip Trust, homeless charity CRASH as well as scout groups and the Air Training Corps.
This doesn't include the money raised by individuals through sponsorship for their chosen charities.
John said: "Without a doubt the venue makes it so special, it's second to none.
"Where else in the UK does a race finish in front of something like Windsor Castle?"
Click here for a full list of results. Pick up a copy of this Friday's Windsor Express souvenir special packed with pictures from the event.
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