THE Worcester Full and Half Marathon got underway this morning in support of St Richard's Hospice.

The marathon has been organised by Tempo Events and got underway over the road from Sixways in Offerton Lane at 9.30am.

The marathon is now in its 10th year and has grown consistently in that time.

The full marathon takes in two laps of the loop around rural lanes. The half accompanies the full for the first lap before splitting away at 11 miles and heading back where both races finish in front of the Worcester Warriors ground.

All finishers receive a bespoke medal and a T-shirt.

A statement from Tempo Events said: "Once again we are delighted to be the organisers of this event, and would like to thank all the establishments that have greeted us enthusiastically and made it possible – Worcester Rugby Club, British Waterways and Wychavon District Council.

"Back on board once again for is our fantastic principal sponsor, Hewett Recruitment, who will be there on the day to hand you your lovely technical finisher’s tee shirts and bespoke medals. We are very lucky to have them. Our partnership with St Richard's Hospice is now in its seventh year, and as the race’s charity partners, they have worked tirelessly to get lots of you to enter, and to raise money for them, as well as supplying lots of the wonderful marshals that will be around the course cheering you on. Over the years you have now raised over £45,000 for them.

"Like all charities, St Richard's has had a terrible year and this will be the first fundraising event for them."

A post on the hospice's Facebook page said: "We wish the very best of luck everyone taking part in today’s Tempo Events Worcester Full and Half Marathon.

"To everyone who’s running to raise funds for our care – thank you! We are so grateful for your support, and will be cheering you on today!

"Today’s Covid-secure event is one of the first major running events the country’s seen in 14 months. We hope everyone has a great day.

"Thank you to Tempo Events for its continued support of our care, and to all the volunteers and marshals helping out today!"