500 runners gathered in Falmouth, Cornwall on Sunday (13th March) to take part in the town's Run Falmouth, a half marathon that’s organised by Cornish charity Cornwall Hospice Care. Now in its fifth year, the race was part of Falmouth’s Spring Festival, and was a guest event in the Cornwall Glass and Glazing Grand Prix Series. The vast majority of runners were local, but they were joined by others further up the country and abroad.

It was a fine spring morning for the runners to enjoy the stunning Cornish coastal and countryside scenery along the new 13.1 mile route, which took in Pendennis Castle, Gyllyngvase Beach, Swanpool and Maenporth beaches. Runners then headed inland to be cheered on as they passed through the village of Mawnan Smith and outskirts of Budock Water, before turning back to the finish at the Falmouth Hotel where they were greeted by well-deserved cheers and refreshments.

Jordan Morant from Hayle Runners was first over the finish line, in one hour, 17 minutes and 25 seconds, setting a new course record. Tom Carthy of Falmouth Road Runners was second and Andrew Martin of the Mile High Running Club was third.

The first female over the line was Jessica Buscombe from St Austell Running Club who completed the course in one hour 30 minutes and 32seconds, followed by Emma Murray and Alexandra Payton also of St Austell Running Club.

Falmouth Road Runners came first in the Men’s Team competition and St Austell Running Club won the Ladies Team Title.

Rose Beattie, from Cornwall Hospice Care, was in charge of the event and said she was delighted with how many people took part;

“It’s been lovely to see this event grow over the last five years and with a new venue and route we welcomed more than a hundred more runners than last year. What’s more, we’ve already raised £12,000 for our charity through registration fees and sponsor money, a big increase on 2015.”

"I’d like to thank everyone who supported the race, including the Falmouth Road Runners and Falmouth BID & Town Council and the Falmouth Hotel for allowing it to happen. We also had amazing support from Exeter University, Devon and Cornwall 4x4 response, Cornwall Resus, Cornwall Bike Training Penzance and At your Pace Helston. The success of this event was down to this dedicated band of volunteers who certainly went the extra mile to ensure everything went smoothly for the runners on the day. A big hoorah too to the crowds who turned out to cheers the competitors on, I know it will have meant a lot to them all.” Full results from Run Falmouth are online at www.cornwallhospicecare.co.uk in the ‘events and challenges' section.