On 6 September 2009, a bright sunny day, the 21st Bristol Half Marathon took place and was deemed a huge success. The overall male winner was Ezekie Cherop with a time of 1:03:26 and the female winner was Claire Hallisey with a time of 1:12:03 and she has now secured her place in the world half marathon championships in Birmingham. Claire is a local runner with the Bristol and West running club which is an apt celebration of the 21st half marathon in Bristol.

The half marathon, a course of 13.1 miles (21 km), took in Bristol's historic harbourside and led runners underneath Brunel's famous Clifton Suspension Bridge. It was billed as the race for all abilities, being mostly at sea level.

The main event was supported by the Everyone Active Business Challenge, the key focus of this race being to bring the business community together and encourage team spirit amongst colleagues. Teams consisted of four to six runners and at least four members had to complete the race to earn a hand-blown, etched glass trophy supplied by Bristol Blue Glass. Prizes were given for both the fastest male, Ian Streeter 1:15:54 and fastest female Claire Somerton 1:35:55.

One of the most memorable entrants of the day was a group of 10 servicemen from the 19th Regiment Royal Artillery who had decided to carry a helicopter blade between them for the duration of the half marathon to raise awareness of Support our Heroes. They raised more than £1,000 for the Army Benevolent Fund.

The race charities for this year were St Peter's Hospice, CLIC Sargent, a charity which helps to ease the burden of childhood cancer for the children and their families and COCO (Comrades of Children Overseas)

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