Cameron prepares for gruelling election run

Prime Minister David Cameron takes part in the annual Great Brook run in Oxfordshire.
Prime Minister David Cameron takes part in the annual Great Brook run in Oxfordshire.
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David Cameron stepped up his training for what is expected to be a gruelling election fight today - by racing through an icy brook.

The Prime Minister joined competitors on a mile-long route in the Cotswold village of Chadlington.

Face smeared with mud, Mr Cameron crawled under a bridge and stumbled through the water before being congratulated by wife Samantha and receiving a medal and pint of ale.

He wore knee guards to prevent a repeat of the cuts he received during the same event two years ago.

The Great Brook Run has been taking place since 2006, with the slogan ‘Run. Get wet. Have a pint’.

It starts and ends at the Tite Inn in Chadlington, and the website promises that every runner “no matter how crap” gets a medal.

The £5 fee to take part goes to local good causes. Mr Cameron previously participated in 2012 and 2009.