HUNDREDS of runners pounded the streets of Braishfield on Sunday – and were rewarded with a free pint of beer.

The annual Beer Race sees a maximum of 400 runners complete a five-mile route and enjoy a pint of beer from Romsey brewers Flack Manor.

Now in its 32nd year, the sell-out event was bathed in sunshine as stalls surrounded the route around Braishfield, which started at the Dummers Lane cricket field, looping round to the finish at the village hall.

The event has long been regarded for its alcoholic twist, with this event the second year that Flack Manor has sponsored the event and provided the beer, with the race previously being teamed up with Fullers.

Organiser Mark Stileman said he wants to keep the new partnership going as it helps to boost the community spirit within the event.

He said: "It has been a fantastic year again. We were sold out with our 400 runners and there was some serious competition!

"Flack Manor have been brilliant yet again and it's lovely to have that local Romsey beer supporting our event.

"We have had sunshine for the last several years now and that is really lucky. A couple of years ago we actually had to move the start a little earlier because we had a really hot day.

"Everyone was enjoying their beer afterwards and it made for a lovely atmosphere."

As well as the run itself, the event is supported by a range of stalls, as well as music courtesy of Romsey Ukelele group who performed throughout the day.

Mark, who has been race organiser for the past three years, added: "It takes us about five or six months to organise.

"When the start of the year comes round, we turn our attention to it and try to make it as successful as we can.

"It's the perfect formula – a well-marshalled run around the village roads topped off with a pint of beer and a slice of cake."