WHILE those who ran in Sunday’s Poole Festival of Running soothe their aching muscles, the Daily Echo takes a look back at the event 20 years ago.

Poole Festival of Running saw a then-record 847 athletes pound a 10k course along some of the most beautiful coastline in the country.

Thousands of enthusiastic spectators crowded into the park to watch the spectacle which brought the traffic to a standstill on June 6, 1999.

Winner Ronald Adams tasted victory with a finishing time of 32 minutes three seconds, but hot on his heels was Bournemouth AC’s Duncan Hardwell who crossed the finishing line two seconds later.

Glorious sunshine and on-facing wind along the final section of the course made it hard going for the runners.

Organisers Poole Lions Club were more than happy with the weather conditions ¬– thunder and rain in the morning cleared to make way for a glorious afternoon.