A woman who has had both legs amputated has been told she cannot take part in the Bristol Half Marathon because she would take too long. Jo Blinman had hoped to walk the 13 miles over the course of a week but the council says it simply cannot afford to keep the event going that long.
Now you might have enjoyed a pancake or two to mark Shrove Tuesday but, for a group of runners in Bristol, this morning there was extra reason to celebrate.
Today saw the launch of the Bristol Half marathon which takes place this September.
The three nominated charities each picked up a frying pan and ran a rather lengthy pancake race to kickstart the event. We sent Jonty Messer to greet them:
More than ten thousand people have been running the region's largest half marathon. The Bristol half raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities. As Robert Murphy reports, runners included friends of a competitor who died in last year's race.
More than 14 thousand runners have begun the Bristol half marathon. They set off in two waves at 0930 and 1000.
The numbers are up from last year, with five thousand more people competing. The 13 mile long race is in it 24th year. Thousands have lined the city's street to show their support.
There are warnings that many roads in the city will be closed for much of Sunday.