Around 2,000 people take part in Gosport Half Marathon

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A HALF marathon saw around 2,000 people take part - including one dressed as a tiger.

Many streets in Gosport were closed this morning as runners took part in the annual race and childrens’ fun run.

Mayor of Gosport Cllr John Beavis was at the finish line, with mayoress Christine Beavis, to show his support.

Cllr Beavis said: ‘It is fantastic and such a community event. The fact that the maximum number of runners allowed is 2,000 and all the spaces were filled, shows what a good race it is.

‘The childrens’ fun run was great too. They were so excited about it. The whole event is great for Gosport.’

Race director Dave Little, from Peel Common, said: ‘It has been very good. Everybody has enjoyed the day. We have had more entries this year than before and a higher number of finishers. Travis Birch has even broken the world record for a half marathon dressed as an animal. I take my hat off to him.’

Travis Birch, 29, had come all the way from Exton, in Devon, to take part in the race dressed as a tiger to raise money for the Devon Air Ambualnce Trust.

He knocked just under five minutes off the current record with a time of 01:32:21.

Travis said: ‘I feel absoluteley exhausted, but the next step will be a full marathon and then I’ll be cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End.’

Alex Wall-Clarke, from Southampton Athletic Club, came first with a time of 01:07:20.

Lesley Locks, from Hart Road Runners, was the first female to finish with a time of 01:17:57.

For full race times go to fullonsport.co.uk

For more details on Travis’s fundraising go to justgiving.com/Speedy-Banana