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Bristol Half launched with a pancake race

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:

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Bristol Half Marathon underway

More than 14 thousand runners competing Credit: Rob Murphy

More than 14 thousand runners have begun the Bristol half marathon. They set off in two waves at 0930 and 1000.

The runners set off in two waves Credit: Rob Murphy

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.