Berkshire

Reading half marathon attracts more than 10,000 runners

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Image caption It is estimated runners have raised £1m for various charities

More than 10,000 runners took to the streets of Reading on Sunday to compete in the town's annual half marathon.

The event is expected to raise around £1m for charity in its 34th year.

In the men's race, Olympic athlete Andy Vernon crossed the line in a time of 63 minutes, while Charlotte Purdue won the women's race in 72 minutes.

The runners were waved off by former Olympic sprinter Iwan Thomas MBE, Sir John Madejski and Reading's Mayor Mohammed Ayub.

Thousands flocked to the streets of the Berkshire town to cheer on the athletes and at the finish line at the Madejski Stadium, the home of Reading FC.

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Image caption Reading's Mayor Mohammed Ayub (left) Iwan Thomas MBE (centre) and Sir John Madejski encouraged the runners at the start line
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Image caption This unusual camel costume caught the race photographer's eye
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Image caption These runners took the computer game Mario Kart as their inspiration
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Image caption More than 10,000 runners took part
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Image caption These cheerleaders did their best to keep people's spirits up