CLOSE to 200 runners competed in the 31st running of the Broad Town 5 road race on Saturday.

The event was organised by Wootton Bassett Hounds and was held on the same day as the Broad Town School fete.

The five-mile circular route was run around the village boundaries and started and finished at the school sports field, where a crowd of well-wishers has assembled to applaud the competitors home.

Gary Dunstone of Chippenham Harriers was the first male athlete home, and also the first male veteran, in 28:28, just 10 seconds ahead of Andrew Duncan who was a further four seconds clear of Jody Hobbs in third.

Cordula Hurcum was the first female over the line in a time of 31:48, with Fiona Price second and Dominique Oughton in third.

In the male super veteran category, for runners aged between 50 and 59, Robins Mark Schols of Avon Valley Runners was first in 32:39, whole Bill Silto won the 60+ male category in a time of 36 minutes dead.

Every finisher received a medal and a commemorative t-shirt, with awards presented by the Hounds club captains Brian Cooke and Lorraine Ferris, who congratulated all who took part on a very warm afternoon.