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Wings for Life World Run passes through Banburyshire

Lead male passing through Eydon in the Wings for Life World Run held at Silverstone on Sunday, May 4. NNL-140505-140027001

Lead male passing through Eydon in the Wings for Life World Run held at Silverstone on Sunday, May 4. NNL-140505-140027001

Athletes ran through Banburyshire on Sunday as part of the first Wings for Life World Run.

The ground-breaking event united 45,000 runners of all ages and abilities in 32 different countries.

The UK event began at 11am at Silverstone Circuit with 5,000 competitors chased by an official World Run Catcher Car, which began advancing towards them 30 minutes after they left the start line.

The Catcher Cars eliminated runners as they overtook them until there was only one remaining competitor at each race location and finally one left in the whole world. The UK World Run title went to Paul Martelletti, pictured running through Eydon, who outran the Catcher Car for an incredible 69.37 kilometres to finish fifth in the World rankings.

Paul, 34, is an endurance runner from Middlesex.

He and other Silverstone competitors reached villages including Eydon, Sulgrave, Helmdon, Culworth and Thorpe Mandeville.

The Wings for Life foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for spinal cord injuries. Picture by Carol Ann Photos.

 

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