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A friendly run for all
Buy this photo » The start of Swindon half marathon fun run
IT may have only been two miles but for the runners who braved the heavy rain to complete the Swindon Half-Marathon Fun Run over the weekend, it felt like a massive achievement.
People of all ages lined up on Sunday to take part in the event, which was organised and sponsored by the British Heart Foundation.
The fun run saw families in red T-shirts running alongside fathers and sons jogging over the finish line together, while groups of friends held hands to cross the line in tandem.
It started and finished at Nationwide HQ in Pipers Way and most people took between 15 to 30 minutes to complete the route.
Little Kia Howard, aged eight, ran alongside her sister Alicia, seven, in the girls’ third race. Kia said she was excited to be in the race as she enjoyed running.
The MP for South Swindon Robert Buck-land has taken part for the past four years. He was joined by his 11-year-old son George, with both of them completing the route in about 20 minutes “I used to help with the bags at the event. I was doing that for a couple of years and then I decided I actually wanted to have a go myself,” said Mr Buckland.
“I really enjoy taking part – it is a really good family day.
“The first part of the race is the hardest as there is that steep climb up to Pipers Way’s roundabout. Getting to the finish line is always nice as you are carried along by gravity.
“Despite the rain there was still a healthy crowd there – the spectators were wonderful. It was great to see them coming to support us.”
He said a lot of his family friends also took part in the race, running alongside him and his son.
“Everybody gets into the spirit of it,” said Mr Buckland.
BHF organiser Melanie Blackman said her charity definitely planned to host the event again next year. The BHF took over the event’s management this year from former organisers Swindon Council.
“We are going to get everyone involved around a table and discuss how we can make next year even bigger and better,” said Melanie.
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