EALING was buzzing at the weekend, with runners, supporters, residents and volunteers marking the 11th year of the Ealing Half Marathon on Sunday as well as the Ealing Mini Mile a day earlier.

More than 4,000 runners signed up for the half marathon.

Light clouds and warm temperatures made for perfect conditions as official starter Aimee Fuller, Olympic snowboarder and broadcaster, sent the half-marathon field on its way at 9am - before joining the running crowd.

Elias Ahmed (Ealing, Southall & Middlesex AC) took the title in a time of 01:10:32 after pulling away from Nicolas Besson  (Serpentine RC), who finished in 01:12:50. Dominic Kiralyfi (Hercules Wimbedon AC), the returning champion, took third place in 01:11:04.

Melissah Gibson (Ealing Eagles RC) was the fastest in the women’s field in 01:17:57, ahead of Alice Braham (Ealing Eagles)in 01:21:34. Karima Harris (Queens Park Harriers) came third in 01:24:45.

The single-lap 13.1 mile course started and finished in Walpole Park and took in parts of Central Ealing, Montpelier, Pitshanger, West Ealing, Hanwell and St Stephens.

The top three men and women received cash prizes, while all age group winners, as well as the fastest Ealing residents and best fancy dress, had prizes from retail partner Runners Need.

Runners from 92 different running clubs took part, including more than 300 members of Ealing Eagles.

Many runners could also be seen in charity vests, raising valuable funds for causes, including Macmillan Cancer Support, Shooting Star Children’s Hospices and Meadow House Hospice.

Ealing Mini Mile took place in Lammas Park on Saturday, with the biggest-ever field of young runners signed up for a total of 10 races across the various age categories.

This year’s finisher‘s T-shirt featured a design by Lilly from the Grange Primary School in Ealing.

Age group winners were: Jeishal Vijayarajah (Rob Willin Memorial Mile); Adam Arid (Family Mini Mile 1); Emma Sharrocks (Family Mini Mile 2); Oliver White and Willow Ford (6 year olds); Mack Thomas Eska Harris  (7 year olds); Josh Heath and Jessica Lennon (8 year olds); Edward Polubyukhov (9 year olds); Ben Muralidhar and Alexia Gaudin (10 year olds); Josh Phillips and Violet Muralidhar (11 year olds); Edward Flewitt and Natasha Bennett (12-16s).

The 12th annual race will take place on Sunday, September 29 and entries open at 1pm today (25) with places starting at just £29 for the first 200 entrants.

Go to www.ealinghalfmarathon.com for further details and results.