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All 4,000 places for next year’s Stafford Half Marathon have been taken up in record time. Entries for the organised race opened on 1 November and the final place has now been sold. A record number will now be taking on the course on 19th March next year - up from the 3,500 places for the 2016 event. Councillor Mike Smith, Cabinet Member for Leisure and former Half Marathon competitor himself, said:
“We increased the attendance again for 2017 and again the response has been incredible. Stafford Half Marathon is rightly seen as one of the top races in the county’s sporting calendar and it just keeps on getting bigger and better. All the best to everyone who has a place for next year - I hope your training goes well over the next few months.”
One of the organisers of the Leicester marathon has described the event as "all-in-all a great day", despite the weather.
Christian Weikert-Picker, a LOROS fundraiser, was speaking after the event that took place today. He hopes the runners who enjoyed the run will come back again next year.
More than 3,000 people have taken on the wet conditions and taken part in the Leicester marathon event today. Many completed the full 26mile distance, and others ran the half-distance also scheduled for the day.
Despite the wet conditions, hundreds also lined the course to cheer on the runners to the finish line.
Around 1,600 runners are expected to take part in the Leicester Marathon today.
The races will start today in the city's Victoria Park.
Road closures in place during the marathon can be viewed here.
The route of the marathon can be seen here.
The Leicester Marathon raises money for LOROS, the Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice. It aims to improve the quality of life of people with cancer, neurological conditions and organ failure, who can no longer receive medical treatment.
Jake Harrison from Leicester won the Marathon of the North - even though it was his first ever marathon!
A man from Leamington Spa is about to embark on a gruelling run, where he'll complete 156 miles in five day across the Sahara Desert.
Andy Heath, 57, begins the Marathon de Sables this weekend.
He explained to ITV News Central what kit is required when taking on such an audacious challenge.
A man from Leamington Spa is about to embark on a gruelling run, which is described as the toughest footrace on earth.
Andy Heath, 57, will begin the 156-mile Marathon de Sables across the Sahara Desert this weekend.
He says it's difficult trying to prepare for the run without causing an injury.
Leicester is gearing up for the city's annual marathon.
Thousands of runners are expected to take to the streets on Sunday and Claire Lomas from Leicestershire will officially start the race. Paralysed from the chest down, she completed the London marathon this year with the help of a robotic suit.
A series of road closures will be in place to allow for the races to take place.
There will be disruption to bus services which will be diverted to avoid the marathon route from start of service until approximately 3pm.
We will bring you a full run-down of the road closures later.
In a statement today, former Loughborough athlete Paula Radcliffe has expressed her profound disappointment at not being able to take part in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
"It is hard to know that had the Olympics been six weeks earlier I could have gone out there and run confidently knowing that I was in the best shape I had been in for a while, but I am by no means the first to experience something like this.
"No-one tells us in advance where the limits of our own bodies lie, and pushing these limits is the only way we can ever achieve our highest goals and dreams.
"However hard today is, finally closing the door on that dream, at least I can know that I truly have tried absolutely everything.
"As desperate as I was to be part of the amazing experience of the London Olympics, I don't want to be there below my best. If I can't be there and give it my best, then I would rather someone else who can do that is able to be there.
"I have been through the mill emotionally and physically the past three weeks, cried more tears than ever, vented more frustration and at the same time calmly tried every direction and avenue available to heal myself.
"Now is the time to rest totally, give my body chance to recover and assess calmly what can be done and where I go from here."