Two Castles Run celebrates 40th anniversary - The Leamington Observer

Two Castles Run celebrates 40th anniversary

A FULL field of thousands of runners took on the Two Castles Run at the weekend.

Bumper crowds turned out for the 40th staging of the renowned run between Warwick and Kenilworth castles on Sunday (June 9).

This year’s race, which had 4,500 places available, was organised by Kenilworth Runners in conjunction with Kenilworth Rotary and Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club.

Race organiser, Richard Clarke from Kenilworth Runners, said: “It was an impressive field of runners and befitting the Two Castles Run as it celebrates its 40th anniversary.

“Seeing so many competitors trying their best was a fantastic spectacle and was matched by the support they were given by crowds along the route.”

Callum Hanlon (Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club) won for the third year running, this time finishing in 31 minutes 39 seconds. In second place was Ian Allen (Spa Striders) who finished in 32 minutes 1 second, while Andrew Lawrence (Stratford upon Avon AC) came third finishing in 32 minutes 18 seconds.

Olivia Bailey (Nuneaton Harriers) was the first woman home in a time of 38 minutes 42 second, while second place was claimed by Zara Hadfield (Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club) who completed the course in 40 minutes 7 seconds. Lotta Crofts (Kenilworth Runners) completed the top three with a time of 40 minutes 47 seconds.

It was the 19th year Blythe Liggins was the event’s headline sponsor, with the firm also fielding a squad of 15 runners, as well as providing water station helpers.

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