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'Sumo wrestlers' in 5km Battersea Park charity run

Participants start the Sumo Run - Image copyright PA
Image caption The Sumo Run is an annual 5km charity fun run around Battersea Park in inflatable sumo suits

Dozens of fun runners have donned giant sumo wrestler suits to take part in a race around a south-west London park.

After a "mass inflation" which saw the eye-catching outfits blown up, the runners jogged, or wobbled, the 5km (3.1 miles) course in Battersea Park.

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Image caption The weather was fair for the run which began at 09:30 BST
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Image caption Runners jogged or wobbled the 5km (3.1 miles) course

Many participants accessorised their suits with masks - including some of Royal Family members.

The event previously set a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of runners in sumo suits.

The race is raising money for the charity Link Community Development, which works with governments and communities to improve the quality of education for children in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Image caption The race is raising money for the charity Link Community Development
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Image caption It was not only running that participants found tricky in their sumo suits

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