THOUSANDS of excited residents put on their running shoes to take part in the annual Bracknell half marathon on Sunday.

Competitors ran the 13-mile course, starting at The Lexicon, making a loop around the town centre before crossing the finishing line.

The Bracknell half marathon was in its 35th year and all running abilities took part, winning a commemorative medal and t-shirt.

Runner Neil Kevern completed the 13 mile stretch in just 1:10.22, seeing hundreds of participants hitting their personal bests or people taking part as a new challenge. 

Ben Polhill, Development manager at Everyone Active Sport, said: “It was wonderful to be involved with the organisation of such a great community event. There was so much support from local people and they created a fantastic atmosphere for all of the runners.

“It was really special to see so many people at the finish cheering on every single runner. I know this would have created fantastic memories for everyone that took part.”

More than £750 was raised for The Lexicon Charity Fund by Andy Vince, which will support charitable causes within the Borough of Bracknell Forest. 

Mark Tennant who works for Everyone Active also ran the half marathon and 'enjoyed every part of it'. 

He said: “The Lexicon Bracknell Half Marathon was a fantastic event. It was great to see so many people taking part in the event and I hope they are proud of their achievements.

"I want to thank the team, The Lexicon and Bracknell Forest Council for organising and hosting such a successful event. I also want to thank the fantastic volunteers and supporters, without them the event wouldn’t have been as successful.”

Rob Morris, general manager at The Lexicon said: “We were absolutely delighted to host The Lexicon Bracknell Half Marathon for the second year. It was fantastic to see so many runners cross the finish line in Braccan Walk, with a great atmosphere created by the supporting crowds – cheering and singing runners over the line. 

“We’ve already had some great feedback from our retailers, and are looking forward to next year’s event on Sunday, May 10 2020!”