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Colchester Half Marathon takes to the streets

PUBLISHED: 12:52 24 March 2019 | UPDATED: 12:52 24 March 2019

Hundreds gathered to cheer friends and family on at the start line at Colchester United FC. Picture: BEN SUTTON

Hundreds gathered to cheer friends and family on at the start line at Colchester United FC. Picture: BEN SUTTON

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Thousands of runners have put on their running shoes this morning to pound the streets for the Griffin Chapman Colchester Half Marathon.

Runners took to the streets of Colchester for the 13 mile half marathon. Picture: BEN SUTTONRunners took to the streets of Colchester for the 13 mile half marathon. Picture: BEN SUTTON

The annual event, which is in its eighth year, started at 9am on Sunday March 24 and is set to raise thousands of pounds for MS-UK and Headway Essex.

The popular race began this morning at the home of Colchester United FC - The Jobserve Community Stadium - where friends and families gathered to warm up and take photos ahead of the 13-mile race.

Fou thousand people took part in the race in 2018 - an extra 250 participants compared to 2017’s line-up - with even higher numbers expected this year.

The race, which is organised by Colchester Colne Round Table, takes participants around the town.

Runners took to the streets of Colchester for the Griffin Chapman Colchester Half Marathon. Picture: BEN SUTTONRunners took to the streets of Colchester for the Griffin Chapman Colchester Half Marathon. Picture: BEN SUTTON

Ben Sutton, who was watching the race, said: “This was such a fantastic turnout for both the participants and spectators.

“What a great event for Colchester - well done to everyone involved in the organisation.”

People have already began sharing their photos in Colchester Community Group with many adding that the race had a “great atmosphere and turnout”.

Runners are expected to be returning to the stadium around 12.30pm this afternoon and a rolling road closure is in place throughout the race.

People gathered at Colchester United FCs ground ahead of the half marathon. Picture: BEN SUTTONPeople gathered at Colchester United FCs ground ahead of the half marathon. Picture: BEN SUTTON

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Crowds gathered at Colchester United FCs The JobServe Community Stadium ahead of the 13 mile race. Picture: BEN SUTTONCrowds gathered at Colchester United FCs The JobServe Community Stadium ahead of the 13 mile race. Picture: BEN SUTTON

Crowds gathered at Colchester United FCs The JobServe Community Stadium ahead of the 13 mile race. Picture: BEN SUTTONCrowds gathered at Colchester United FCs The JobServe Community Stadium ahead of the 13 mile race. Picture: BEN SUTTON

People gathered at Colchester United FCs ground ahead of the half marathon. Picture: BEN SUTTONPeople gathered at Colchester United FCs ground ahead of the half marathon. Picture: BEN SUTTON

Friends and families gathered to cheer on the thousands of runners who took to the streets of Colchester for the Griffin Chapman Colchester Half Marathon. Picture: BEN SUTTONFriends and families gathered to cheer on the thousands of runners who took to the streets of Colchester for the Griffin Chapman Colchester Half Marathon. Picture: BEN SUTTON

Crowds gathered at Colchester United FCs The JobServe Community Stadium. Picture: BEN SUTTONCrowds gathered at Colchester United FCs The JobServe Community Stadium. Picture: BEN SUTTON

Thousands of runners took to the streets of Colchester for the Griffin Chapman Colchester Half Marathon. Picture: BEN SUTTONThousands of runners took to the streets of Colchester for the Griffin Chapman Colchester Half Marathon. Picture: BEN SUTTON

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