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Bristol Half Marathon gets underway

Fifteen thousand runners are pounding the streets of Bristol Credit: ITV News
Members of St Michaels Church, Stoke Gifford, who have raised more than £3,000 for charity Credit: ITV News

Fifteen thousand runners are pounding the streets of Bristol in the annual Bristol Half Marathon, which is now in its 26th year.

The first wave of runners set off from the Harbourside at 9.30 this morning, and the second wave at 10am.

The first male and female runner to cross the line will each receive £1,000.

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FT: Gloucester 22 - 25 Exeter Chiefs

Gloucester Rugby's Dan Murphy is tackled by Exeter Chiefs' Chrysander Botha and Henry Slade. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Gloucester have been beaten at home by Exeter Chiefs in the Premiership.

The Cherry and Whites were leading after two early tries from Jonny May and Dan Murphy.

But the visitors battled back to lead 22-12 at half-time, and despite a second half comeback where Sione Kalamafoni crossed the line, Exeter held on to win 25-22.

Final preparations underway for Bristol Half Marathon

15,000 expected to take part in Bristol Half Marathon Credit: ITV West Country

Final preparations are taking place for the Bristol Half Marathon this weekend. 15,000 people are due to take part on Sunday morning. The 13.1 mile route starts and finishes on the harbourside and takes runners along the Portway and under the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

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Government official in Taunton to back watersports centre

Government official in Taunton to back watersports centre Credit: ITV News

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport will be in Taunton later to back plans for a new £800,000 watersports centre in the heart of the town. Sajid Javid will visit the proposed site and meet members of the Taunton Rowing and Canoe clubs who will benefit from the new centre.

Tour of Britain returns to West today

The Tour of Britain returns to the West today - stage six begins at Bath's Royal Cresent this morning - the start of 128 miles of racing. The 100 elite cyclists will be weaving along Wiltshire's country lanes en route. Businesses are taking advantage of the event - one brewery's even making a Tour beer.

Philip Downes from Box Steam Brewery tells us more about the drink:

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