Two keen runners took on a London half marathon to raise money for disability support in west Essex.

Chloe Salisbury, a fundraising officer, ran the Royal Parks Half for the first time to raise money for Takeley-based charity Accuro.

She was joined by supporter Mark Stevens, 57, who came 101st out of nearly 16,000 runners at the event.

Mark said: "I am absolutely delighted to beat my personal best by nearly two minutes, but I was more pleased to have been successful in the ballot for a place in the race and to use it to raise money for this great charity."

Mark completed the course with a time of 1:26:30 after a six-year hiatus from running.

Chloe, who took up the sport this year, crossed the finish line in 1:53:20.

The pair raised more than £1,500 for Accuro to fund clubs and services for people with disabilities throughout west Essex.