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Last Updated: Sunday, 2 October 2005, 13:20 GMT 14:20 UK
Thousands run city half-marathon
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Many of the city's streets were closed for the annual race
Thousands of people have been pounding the streets of Bristol for the 17th annual half-marathon.

A record 12,000 runners entered the 13-mile road race on Sunday.

Much of the city centre has been closed to motorists for the event but organisers said road closures should be lifted by 1600 BST.

Winner of the man's elite race was 20-year-old Kenyan Wilfred Taragon in a impressive time of just over 63 minutes.

He was followed by fellow countryman Paul Langat while British runners Matt Smith and Dave Mitchinson came in third and fourth respectively.

In the women's elite race Birhan Dagne took the title followed by Liz Yelling, with Joyce Kandie in third place.

Richie Powell won the wheelchair race in a time of just 55 minutes.

Speaking at the race, former Olympic silver medalist Steve Cram said: "I think it's wonderful. It's developing into one of the very best events in the UK. You should be proud of it."




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