IT was wet and windy – but the gloomy weather failed to deter more than 2,500 runners in Sunday’s Shell Chester Half Marathon.

The ever-popular 13.1-mile race was notable this year for producing winners from two local clubs.

Leading everybody home across the finishing line at Chester Racecourse was Kenneth Svendsen, a member of Tattenhall Runners.

Kenneth, originally from Norway, clocked a winning time of one hour, 13 minutes and 26 seconds.

It was the first time a member of the Tattenhall club had won the event.

The winner of the women’s race was Ellesmere Port Running Club’s Nicky Bird, who posted 1:22:41.

Club runners from across the North West and North Wales lined up for Sunday’s race, organised by West Cheshire AC and Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Andrew Clague was first home for the host club. He secured 23rd position in a time of 1:20:30 and headed the West Cheshire, who finished 15th.

West Cheshire runner Brian Beattie won the over-65 men’s title after finishing 408th overall with a time of 1:41:49.

Rebecca Williams was West Cheshire AC’s first woman finisher, completing the route in 1:38:51 for 28th position.

For Tattenhall Runners, Andrew Sudlow broke his personal best by five minutes to chalk up a time of 1:26:01. Other highlights for the club saw Amanda Davies, fresh from her London Marathon run, finish as the first Tattenhall lady home in 1:34:49.

Sunday saw another superlative performance from Chester Triathlon Club’s Kenny Begley, who was second in the veteran 45 class and fifth overall (1:16:54).

A family fun run also took place on the day and was won by West Cheshire AC’s Liam Renton.

A full list of results can be found at: