Crowds line the streets for Warwick Half Marathon - The Leamington Observer

Crowds line the streets for Warwick Half Marathon

CROWDS lined the streets as around 1,800 runners took part in Warwick Half Marathon.

The 13.1-mile race took place on Sunday (February 5) – its third year sponsored by Warwickshire property company The Wigley Group.

This year’s race, arranged by new organisers Run Through, saw participants run under the warm winter sun through closed roads.

The organisers revamped the race with the addition of a one-kilometre race for children, which saw more than 50 youngsters take part.




The race, which started and finished at Warwick Racecourse, saw Jake Watson of Worcester AC take the top spot in the male category, securing victory in one hour, nine minutes and 21 seconds – three seconds ahead of second-placed Ben Kruze of Stratford AC, with Guy Allen of Leamington Cycling Athletics Club in third.

Natalie Bhangal of Leamington C&AC was the first to finish in the female category, coming across the line in one hour, 24 minutes and 25 seconds, ahead of Kate Wright of Stratford and Lucie Tait-Harris who battled for second and third place.


The day also included live music from rock and roll band The Artichokes, as well as a host of food and drink stalls in the Event Village.

James Davies, Chief Executive Officer of The Wigley Group, which is based in Southam, said “We are delighted to sponsor this year’s Warwick Half Marathon and continue our support of this popular community activity, which is a standout event in the regional sporting calendar.

“It was great to see all the runners including The Wigley Group’s own team racing, having fun, getting active and raising funds for a range of worthwhile charities on the streets of Warwick.”

Rob Sullivan, Events and Operations Manager at Run Through, said: “The race was a roaring success – we had more than double the number of participants compared to last year and it was great to see everyone out, about and getting involved.

“Congratulations and thank you to our category winners, spectators and everyone who took part in the half marathon for making it such a wonderful day.”

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