RUNNERS stepped out in force despite the rain for the Warwick Half Marathon.
More than 2,200 people took to the roads of Warwick, Leek Wooton and Hatton Park to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
The 13 mile route started and finished at Warwick Racecourse and spectators lined to roads to cheer runners on.
And despite persistent rain, runners were crossing the finish line with smiles on their faces.
Event organiser Hayley Reynolds said: “The British Heart Foundation receives no Government funding and relies entirely on the generosity of our supporters to pay for life saving research, so I would like to thank everyone who took part, everyone who supported our riders and all of our volunteers.
“The atmosphere on the day was amazing, the weather didn’t dampen any spirits and the support at the finish line was incredible.
“We heard reports that the event was well supported throughout the course with people coming out of their houses to cheer on our runners.
“I can’t thank everyone enough for their efforts, to take on a hilly half marathon is a difficult task and to do it in order to help others is just inspirational.
“Thank you to everyone who has already sent in their sponsorship money. If you haven’t yet, don’t worry; there’s still time to set up a fundraising page and help us beat our target of £95,000 to go towards essential research into heart disease.
“Coronary heart disease is not beaten yet – it remains the single biggest killer in the UK and it’s because of your support, that we are able to continue our fight to find a cure.”
People can sign up for next year’s half marathon at www.bhf.org.uk/warwick or visit bhf.org.uk/event for more information.