The sun shone on Exeter’s Quay and Riverside Valley Park on Sunday as hundreds of people took part in the CITY Community Trust festival of running, which featured the Exeter Live Better Marathon, half marathon and children’s challenge.
A total of 500 people signed up for the marathon and half marathon, with a further 350 primary school children taking on their challenge, which saw them completing a half marathon over the weeks leading up to the event, with the final stretch completed at the Quay. The race was started by the new Lord Mayor of Exeter, Cllr Peter Holland, who has selected CITY Community Trust as his mayoral charity for the year.
Jamie Vittles, chief executive of CITY Community Trust, who took part in the half marathon, said the event had been a great success. He added: ‘Thanks to all our staff, volunteers and sponsors who have worked so hard to stage the event and of course thanks to the runners who help make it such a successful and positive event.’
CITY Community Trust, which is Exeter’s leading health and wellbeing charity, works in partnership with Exeter City Football Club. It provides a range of activities to people of all ages, focused on health, education, wellbeing and physical activity. The Exeter Live Better Marathon, sponsored by Tozers and delivered in partnership with Ola, is just one of a number of running events staged across the year, including the very popular city centre Santa Run.
Thanks to a partnership with Exeter City Council, all water bottles used at Sunday’s event will be collected, recycled and turned into new bottles at the council’s Materials’ Reclamation Facility.
The events provide opportunities for participants to raise funds for worthy local causes close to their hearts. Runners can support charity partners, Children's Hospice South West, Age UK Exeter, Julian House and Force Cancer Care or CITY Community Trust.