More than 5,000 runners crossed the finishing line of the 2014 Chester Half Marathon , despite it being one of the hottest days of the year so far.

Mohammed Abu-Rezeq, of Altrincham & District Athletics Club came in first with a time of 1:05:48, followed by Tarus Elly, of Salford Harriers and AC (1:09:56) and Chris McCarthy, of Kenilworth Runners (1:12:38).

First woman across the line was Gemma Connolly (1:22:20) with Sophie Hunt (1:26:47) in second place and Becky Lewis (1:27:42) in third.            

Others were running for charities including Alder Hey Hospital, the Hospice of the Good Shepherd , Claire House Children's Hospice, Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Hundreds of youngsters and their parents and friends also ran the half marathon fun run around Chester Racecourse, where the main race began.

Lord Mayor of Chester Cllr Bob Rudd was at the finishing line at Chester Town Hall , where crowds gathered in the sunshine to cheer on the runners at the end of the 13.1 mile course.           

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