SOMERSET runner Hannah Taunton won a bronze medal at Tokyo's Paralympic Games in the early hours of this morning. 

Hannah, 30, ran a personal best time of 4:35.34 in challenging conditions in Japan's Olympic Stadium in the women's T20 1500m event.

Barbara Bieganowska-Zajac of Poland took the gold medal with a time of 4:27.84. 

Second place went to Ukraine's Liudmyla Danylina, who crossed the line five seconds later. 

The race started at 2:26am UK time and was broadcast live on Channel 4. 

Throughout the day, national sporting bodies, local sports clubs, Hannah's former schools, her local Parkrun and others have taken to social media to congratulate her on a fantastic achievement. 

The organisers of Parkrun at Longrun Meadow, who spoke to the County Gazette before Hannah competed, have shared a message on their Facebook page. 

It said: "Congratulations to our very own Hannah Taunton who in the early hours won a bronze medal in the T20 1500m at the Tokyo Paralympics.

"An amazing achievement and a tactically brilliant bit of pace running.

"Your development over the last few years has been humbling to witness."

Hannah will soon return to the meadow to volunteer as a tail walker to help motivate Parkrun's other runners, joggers and walkers. 

The statement continued: "I hope she brings her Team GB gear and of course your new bit of BRONZE bling!" 

Here are some of the best tweets about Hannah's bronze medal...

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