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Thousands take part in Plymouth half marathon

Phil Burden, 2016 Plymouth half marathon winner
Image caption Phil Burden was first over the finish line, completing the race in 1 hour 11 minutes

Nearly 8,000 people have taken part in Plymouth's annual half marathon.

The first person to cross the finish line on Plymouth Hoe in a time of 1 hour 11 minutes was Phil Burden, from Taunton.

Eleanor Davis, from Cornwall, was the first women to complete the 13.1mile (21km) route in 1 hour 17 minutes.

One man was taken to hospital as a precaution after collapsing just short of the the finish line.

He was helped to his feet and completed the race before being stretchered off by paramedics. His condition is not known.

A total of 4,734 people took part in the full half marathon, while 2,600 children and 500 teachers completed a schools challenge.

In the weeks running up to the race, pupils covered a total of 12.1 miles, completing the final mile in front of thousands of spectators.

Image caption Pupils in the schools challenge who had already run 12.1 miles in recent weeks completed the final mile of their half marathon cheered on by spectators

Runners have been raising money for local and national charities, including Children's Hospice South West, Macmillan Cancer Support and CLIC Sargent.

Race organisers on the Hoe described conditions as "near perfect" with some sunshine and light winds.

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