Chester Marathon attracts more than 3,000 runners

Race organisers Chris Hulse (left) and Andy White (right) underneath the Eastgate Clock in Chester
Image caption Race organisers Chris Hulse (left) and Andy White

Thousands of people have lined the streets to cheer on 3,000 runners taking part in the Chester Marathon.

Competitors set off from Chester racecourse on the 26.2-mile route, which crosses over the North Wales border at 09:00 BST.

Fundraiser Hannah Jones, who has defied doctors to overcome brain cancer and study at the University of Chester, fired the starting pistol.

Several roads were closed between 09:00 and 15:45 because of the race.

The route took runners past the town hall, cathedral, the Eastgate clock and amphitheatre, out into the Cheshire countryside then over the border into Wales.

It returned to Chester along the River Dee, back to the finishing line at Chester racecourse.

It is the third time the event has been staged.

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