VIDEO: Chi Half Marathon is a winner again

NEARLY 750 runners took to the streets of Chichester and the surrounding countryside as the city’s annual half marathon proved a big success.

It was a record number for an event revived in 2012 which has becoming inmcreasingly popular each year since.

Chichester’s James Baker has won the race each year since it was brought back and this year was never going to be an exception - and this time he smashed his own course record of 1hr 12min 24sec - coming hom in 1.11.52.

He was several minutes ahead of his nearest challenger, another Chichester athlete, Peter Concannon, who finished in 1.18.25 while Cassie Thorp won the women’s race in her first time around the course - crossing the line in 1.29.47.

The race was organised by Chichester District Council and city-basecd charity Children on the Edge, and weather conditions - dry and no wind - were perfect for the runners.

Watch out for race videos here over the next few days and there’ll be full race coverage - including a report, winners’ reactions, pictures and a full list of finishers and their times - in the Observer, out on Thursday morning.

They've just started - and James Baker is already leading

They've just started - and James Baker is already leading

STEVE BONE

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