Photo gallery: City of Norwich half marathon today

Larking Gowen: City of Norwich Half Marathon 2014 at the Norfolk Showground.Picture: James Bass

Larking Gowen: City of Norwich Half Marathon 2014 at the Norfolk Showground.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

More than 2,200 dedicated people have braved the rain and the mud to run in today's half marathon.

As well as top runners many were running for charity, in honour of someone or in spite of tough circumstances.

Starting at the Norfolk Showground at 11am, the 13.1 mile course took the runners through the parishes of Easton, Honingham, Colton, Marlingford and close to Easton College with the runners passing through the Showground at the end of their first lap.

Rebecca Murphy was at the Norfolk Show Ground to talk to the runners as they finished and to find out what motivated them to take on the challenge.

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The runner's stories

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Phil Lambert, 30.

Time: 1 hour 23 minutes

'It was really muddy but it was fun. I'm not a runner, I'm a regular at the gym, so I thought it would be fun.'

David Kellaway, 53.

Time: 1 hour 31 minutes

'I'm a member of Dereham runners. This is my 13th marathon this year and my second fastest time. It was very tough.'

Dave Allen, 55.

Time: 1 hour 36 minutes

'I just do the half marathon for myself, I'm a relatively regular runner.'

David Holmes, 41.

Time: 1 hour 43 minutes

'Very pleased with my time. I'm a regular runner but I have run for Macmillan Cancer Support because it's a good charity.'

Paul Douse, 47, from Ludham.

Time: 1 hour 56 minutes

'I ran for Help for Heroes. I spent 24 years in the RAF and one of my jobs was to bring back casualties. The work the charity does is invaluable. I've so far raised more than £300.'

Frankie Turner, Gorleston, 20.

Time: 1 hour 57 minutes

'This is my first half marathon and I ran it in preparation for the London marathon. I ran for Leukaemia Care as my grandad passed away from leukaemia.'

Kevin Frasher, 51, and wife Chris Fraser, 49, from Norwich.

Times: Kevin, 1 hour 32.5 minutes and Chris 2 hours 05 minutes

'We run for the shear pain. We've done a few track races together and the City of Norwich marathon a few times.'

Diane Thirkettle, 47, from Alpington.

Time: 2 hours 27 minutes

'It was really good and I was within my 2 hour 30 target and I have raisesd more than £500 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Which I chose to raise money for because I can and I'm doing my bit to help.'

Kathryn Sandle, 41, Taverham

Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

'I ran for Parkinson's UK as my father-in-law lost his 20 year battle with it this year. And in early summer my mum was diagnosed with it. I've so far raised almost £400.'

Lydia Davy, 41, Costessey

Time: 2 hours 33 minutes

'I've so far raised £400 for Hana's gift. My grandson was still born last year and they helped out my son and daughter-in-law. I'm so pleased with my time as I only started running six months ago.'

David Ashman, 25, Norwich

'I have run with six others from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for the Norfolk Heart Trust. I was the only one to dress up [as Captain America] but I got a lot of attention. So far we've raised more than £700.'

Leon May, 30, Watton

Time: 2hour 36

'I'm running for Prostate Cancer UK because my boss at H Brett and Son Stonemasons has done a few runs so five and six of have got together. This is my second competitive run- I've done a 10km run. And I'm happy I've actually finished.'

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