Leamington 10K run celebrates 20th anniversary - The Leamington Observer

Leamington 10K run celebrates 20th anniversary

Leamington Editorial 9th Apr, 2024   0

AROUND 2,000 runners took to the streets of Leamington as the town’s most popular 10k run celebrated its 20th anniversary.

The Wright Hassall Regency 10k Run returned for its 20th year, with participants putting their best foot forward to raise cash for a variety of local good causes.

The event also welcomed race directors from across the years as well as long-standing volunteers to celebrate the major milestone.

In the men’s race, Matt Scarsbrook, of Birchfield Harriers, triumphed in first place with a time of 31 minutes and 53 seconds, while Frazer Knowles, of Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club, achieved second place and Alistair McDonnell, of Rugby and Northampton Athletics Club, came in third.

In the women’s category, Rachel Gifford, of Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club, clinched the top spot with a time of 36 minutes and 33 seconds, Natalie Bhangal, of

Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club, came in second place, while Elisabeth Oldridge, of Loughborough Athletics, followed in third.

Matt said: “It’s my first time running the Regency 10k so I’m really pleased to have won. Leamington is a lovely town and it’s a really nice event.”

Rachel, who was also taking part for the first time, added: “It was fantastic to achieve first place. It was quite a hard run, but it was really good. It was also great have my coach Les Barnett there on the day to support me and the other runners.”

Sponsors Wright Hassall had a 15-strong team participate in the corporate category, which was won by Net Visibility.

Phil Wilding, managing partner at Wright Hassall, said: “We are extremely proud to sponsor such a much-loved local event which makes a significant difference to good causes right across the area.

“This year’s event was a fantastic occasion which celebrated the run’s 20-year history, and I would like to congratulate all of those who took part.”

The event has raised more than £440,000 for local causes since it was first launched.

The official charities for this year’s event were The Ups of Downs and Young People First and the proceeds of this year’s event will be donated to a range of local charities, community groups, clubs and PTAs.


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