Thousands of determined runners converged on Windsor Great Park for the annual half marathon on Sunday - among them was charity founder Fiona Devine who beat injury to complete the 13 mile course.

Fiona and husband John founded the Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service charity.

Her 22 strong team running the half marathon also included the charity's community fundraiser Julia Phillipson and supporters from the Alfresco software company who sponsored the charity's marquee at the event.

Fiona said: "An old injury came back to haunt me when my knee went on the sixth mile. My running buddy James Parkinson stayed with me and encouraged me to keep going - I made it round but it took me much longer that I had thought."

James is the grandson of Sir Michael Parkinson - the patron of the Devine charity.

The team raised £10,000 towards the charity which runs the newly opened children's hospice at Maidenhead.

The run gave many charity supporters a chance to fund raise - members of the Eastenders cast ran for the charity Dementia Revolution in honour of Dame Barbara Windsor was diagnosed with dementia four years ago.

The half marathon was the climax of the two day Windsor Running Festival which also featured the Windsor Women's 10k race on Saturday.


The fastest man and woman in the half marathon were Daniel Studley who crossed the line first in a time of 1:07:47 and Charlotte Taylor-Green who came in at 1:16:52 . They are both members of Bristol & West Athletics Club.

Charlotte was a double winner - having already come first in the Women's 10k run the previous day with the impressive time of 0:35:58

Five-time Olympian Jo Pavey started off the women's race and came second.

Peter Hier, Race Director, comments: "Every year the people of Windsor provide incredible support for the runners, and you’ll not find another race finish to rival the amazing feeling of running into down the Long Walk to rapturous crowd support. We were overwhelmed with all of the hugely positive feedback we received and can’t wait to start planning for next year.”