Sunny skies greeted Hatton Darts and thousands of other runners and spectators at the annual BUPA Birmingham Half Marathon on Sunday.
Starting in the City Centre, the 13.1 mile route heads out through Edgbaston, Bournville and Cannon Hill Park before a rousing finish on Broad Street.
The course is known for its challenging undulations and this was made all the more difficult this year with the unseasonal mild weather and stiff southerly breeze.
A contingent of Darts, proudly wearing their red vests, joined the throng of around 20,000 competitors at the UK's second biggest half marathon race.
Starting near the front were Mark Slade and Joseph Alcock, who ran together for three miles before Slade, spurred on by the sight of his 10-month-old son in the crowd, found a burst of energy to pull clear over the next few miles.
The dreaded 12th-mile hill almost took its toll, but he found the stamina to complete the race in 1:26:28 and earn a place inside the top 250 finishers.
Alcock, battling injury niggles in recent weeks, kept a solid pace and put in a fine performance for 1:29:29.
Next home was Richard Nash, who crossed the line in 1:33:01, closely followed by Pete Stevens (1:37:02), with Tim Matthews (1:41:33) debutant Ralph Huthmacher (1:52:31, a PB by seven minutes).
Darts newcomer Anna Harris put in a sterling performance with 1:53:34, Kellie Morris headed home in 2:27:18 and Ruth Matthews completed the tough course in a pleasing 2:34:49.