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VIDEO: Run Falmouth 2013 attracts hundreds

By AliceWright  |  Posted: March 17, 2013

  • Runners gather for the start of the half marathon in Falmouth

  • Michael Birchmore - first over the finish line

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Hundreds of people took part in the Run Falmouth half marathon this morning, organised by Cornwall Hospice Care

Participants gathered on The Moor for a warm up before setting off on a coastal course that took them through the town and surrounding countryside. 

Runners were taken past Pendennis Castle and Gyllngvase Beach, through to Swanpool and Maenporth beaches, before heading inland to Mawnan Smith and Buddock Water. They then turned back through Penryn and along the waterfront again, back into Falmouth town.

Michael Birchmore, a member of Newquay Roadrunners Club, was first over the finish line, completing the course in one hour 18 minutes. 

Mr Birchmore, who usually competes in triathlons, said this was his first half marathon. 

"I did it from the peer pressure from Newquay Roadrunners Club," he said, adding that he was pleased with his time and had enjoyed the course. 

"It was good weather, sunny and not too windy," he said. "It's a very hilly course."

And Mr Birchmore said he had been impressed with the organisation of the event. 

"The volunteers were very good and the escort guy was awesome."

This was the second year the event has been held in the town. Last year's inaugural Run Falmouth raised more than £16,000 for Cornwall Hospice Care. 

All of the money raised from today's run will go towards helping the people who are cared for at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice and St Julia's Hospice in Cornwall. 

Click here for more pictures from Run Falmouth 2013. 

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