Suffolk Heritage Coast Marathon attracts hundreds of runners and walkers
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Nearly 900 runners and walkers took part in the Heritage Coast marathon around the lanes and footpaths of east Suffolk on Sunday – raising thousands of pounds for charity.
The marathon, half marathon and six-mile fun run has been an annual event since 1982 - and this year raised money to support the Prostate Cancer UK charity.
The marathon and half-marathon events were started by locally-based broadcaster Bill Turnbull who urged male participants and organisers to be aware of the disease - he has been receiving treatment after being diagnosed 18 months ago,
The event, which attracts both serious runners and people who like a walk through the Suffolk countryside, is run by members of the Rotary Clubs of Saxmundham and Framlingham.
Race organiser Owen Lower said: "The amount of support we receive annually from the local communities alongside devoted runners from around the country and beyond is truly remarkable.
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"We are proud of our unique event welcoming all levels of runners, joggers or walkers. What started out 37 years ago with a few hundred entrants continues to centre on bringing together families and communities together."
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The three courses are set in some of the most attractive Suffolk countryside the region has to offer and presents a scenic yet challenging course to competitors.
This year's top three in the different running categories are:
Marathon - male
1. Barnaby Rufford: 3:01:17
2. Tom Cresswell: 3:01:43
3. Tom Wake: 3:06:54
Marathon - female
1. Sarah Fitch: 3:51:41
2. Emily Murray: 4:17:09
3. (Joint) Rachel Walker and Ann Zie: 4:24:15.
Half marathon - male
1. Richard Heath: 1:22:42
2. Adam Howlett: 1:22:44
3. Cooper Berry: 1:24:02
Half marathon - female
1. Katie Austin: 1:34:05
2. Paula Dye: 1:40:08
3. Jenny Thomas: 1:43:23
Six-mile - male
1. Roger Braybrooks:36:16
2. Lee Barber: 36:20
3. Jim Last: 37:17
Six-mile - female
1. Becky Smith: 41:03
2. Sarah Dudgeon: 41:48
3. Geraldine Clarke: 46:24
Fifteen years and under six-mile
1. Brandon Barber: 43:18
2. Matthew Rose: 44:38
3. Brendon Rose: 45:35