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Thousands run city half-marathon

Runners at the Birmingham Half Marathon
About 9,000 runners entered the half marathon

About 9,000 runners have taken to Birmingham's streets for the city's half-marathon.

They began at the Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr, and criss-crossed through the city centre to the finish in Broad Street.

The route took the runners through Aston, Lozells, the city centre, Edgbaston and Bearwood.

Dave Healey, a blind runner who ran seven marathons in seven days earlier this year, was among the participants.

He was joined by nearly 200 people running in Team Blind Dave for the BBC WM Kidney Kids Appeal.

'Incredible support'

It aims to raise money for a new renal unit at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

After running the course, Mr Healey, from West Bromwich, said: "The support around the course is incredible and they were forever shouting us which gives you encouragement.

"When your legs are little bit tired and when you're starting to flag a bit that support doesn't half carry you on."

Organisers said the run had attracted entrants from as far afield as the US, Canada, Australia and Brazil.


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