The weather was perfect for everyone who took part in the 2016 Chester Half Marathon.

Bright sunshine greeted the runners and spectators who made their way to Chester Racecourse for the start of the popular event on Sunday which raises thousands of pounds for charity.

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A double decker bus had been stationed at the start of the race and BBC Breakfast presenter and Chester resident Louise Minchin used this platform to give a rousing speech to everyone just before the elite runners got the half marathon under way just after 9am.

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As those top competitors made their way up Watergate Street, heading for Parkgate Road, the orange clad masses back at the Roodee gathered for the start of the Chester fun run which was won by brother and sister Arran and Lorna Hulse, 12 and 14, from Staffordshire.

Running must, pardon the pun, run in the family as the main organiser of the whole event was the pair's uncle, Chris Hulse.

The finish line for 2016 had been set up at the Town Hall Square where crowds of well-wishers gathered to welcome the runners home at the end of their incredible achievement.

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And first across that finish line was Mark Kibiwott-Kangogo from Kenya while Julie Briscoe from Barnsley was the first woman home.

Mark's time was one hour, three minutes and 59 seconds while Julie came in at one hour, 17 minutes and 22 seconds.

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Chronicle reporter Mike Fuller also took part in the half marathon and clocked up an impressive time of one hour and 50 minutes.

He said: "The support we got from residents in the villages we ran through, like Saughall, was incredible. Lots of them were shouting out our names which really kept us going."