The Bristol Half Marathon this Sunday will attract over 16,000 runners as it celebrates its 26th anniversary.

Desiree Goodall training for the Bristol Half Marathon in Hotwells

Desiree Goodall from Bath is in her final week of training for the event. She is pictured after completing 11 miles of the marathon route to include Hotwells road.

She tells WesternEye “The last two weeks is when you have to train the hardest” and recommends beginning training on a reasonable to good level of fitness.

“I began a 12-week programme to train for the event, running 5k three times per week”

Her favourite training routes include the Bath Harbour, Hotwells and Bristol Harbourside.

The half marathon has become country renowned and has attracted world famous names such as Paula Radcliffe and Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie.

By Belinda George