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Runners at the Redcar Half Marathon

The Redcar half marathon returns

On a dingy Sunday in Redcar, 1000 people turned out to run 13.1 miles.

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Runners looking fresh at the start of the race

Sunday 14th March sees the annual return of the Redcar Half Marathon, speaking to the runners we find out why people class running in the rain on a Sunday morning as a good idea:

Fiona and Stephanie
Fiona and Stephanie are showing their foreign support for the event.

Fiona and Stephanie both from Canada, are doing the race to raise money for the Macmillan nurses, but Fiona blames Stephanie for them being at the race today:

"We've raced back in Canada, and decided to take part over here."

"We saw an advert in a cafe in Stokesley, and Stephanie said 'let's give it a go!'"

Andrew is here under relative pressure.

Andrew has recently suffered hamstring problems and sees racing as a way of forcing himself back to health, especially with his interesting pre-run diet:

"I have another race next week, so I'm all over the place at the moment."

"I've come to the Redcar half marathon because I really enjoyed it last year, and I have family living here."

"I make sure I give a good performance on the day by having a healthy dose of cod and chips the night before."

Cheryl can think of nothing better to do on a Sunday morning.

Cheryl has been running for 7 years, and enjoys all different types of sports:

"My whole family are very athletic, so running is just something to do that I enjoy, plus what else is there to do on a Sunday morning?"

"I expect to come in last, and if i don't, I'll be doing very well!"

Tanni hates the Redcar weather, but thought this year was better than 2003.

Tanni Grey Thompson has been doing the Redcar Half Marathon since 1993:

"The officials have really gone out of their way to make the race a success."

"They've changed the route slightly for the wheeled race as last year it caused us some problems."

"The only bad thing about today is the weather, and the fact I've ended up with a mouth full of sand!"

 Click here to see our gallery of the day-photos taken by Barry Hayton, Bill Stevenson and Karen Slater.

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