MORE than 600 runners took up the challenge of Taunton 10km - a record breaking year for the event.

The race took place on Sunday, September 24, from Blackbrook Pavilion and saw 640 runners hit the road.

Organisers were pleased with the turnout as it set new records.

The event is used to raise money for the carnival procession which is set to go through the town on October 21.

Chairman Marilyn House said: “It’s always been a popular event but this year exceeded all our expectations.

"All 700 places were taken before the closing date.

"It was a brilliant day.

"The runners were happy and we have raised a lot of money for next month’s carnival."

More than two thirds of the entries came from the Taunton area.

Race director John Lewis said: "Clubs Taunton AC, Running Forever and Taunton Running Club had just under 200 runners between them.

“All three produced prizewinners across the age ranges.

"We’re very grateful to Deane DLO and Better Leisure for the backing they gave us.

"We’ve had great feedback from many of the runners – they all want to know when next year’s event will be.

"That’s easy to answer as it’s always the last Sunday in September.”

The race winners were Phil Burden for the men, from Taunton AC, who crossed the line at 32 minutes and 58 seconds - around two minutes faster than the second place runner.

For the women, Hannah Taunton, also from Taunton AC, came in at 37 minutes and nine seconds - 30 seconds faster than the second place runner.

The 6.2 mile route took the runners through Holway and Stoke St Mary before returning to the Pavilion.