RUNNERS laced up in Leamington on a bright crisp Spring morning for the Wright Hassall Regency Run on Sunday.
Around 2,000 runners took part in the main 10 kilometre run, while more than 250 children lined up in the one kilometre race, which was organised by charity Kids Run Free.
Southam’s Richard Simkiss was first over the finishing line in 33 minutes and 8 seconds to win the 12th annual race for the first time.
The 32-year-old was representing the McCarkiss Endurance Project team and came in ahead of Leamington C&AC duo Andrew Savery (33 mins 35 secs) and Callum Hanlon (34 mins 26 secs).
Richard said: “After I came over the top of the golf course I thought I was never going to catch Andrew Savery!
“It was his first race back from injury and although he had the speed, he didn’t quite have the endurance, so thankfully I was able to catch him.
“It was very muddy along the golf course today, but it’s a really lovely course to run and the support through the town is fantastic and really spurs you on.”
Sarah Rose, of Kenilworth Runners, was fastest woman home in 38 minutes and 7 seconds, ahead of Joanne McCandless (38 mins 16 secs) and Corin Oliver (38 mins 42 secs) in second an third respectively.
Law firm Wright Hassall has sponsored the race since its inception 12 years ago. Chairman Nick Abell was part of a 20-strong team from the firm who took part in this year’s run.
He said: “We’re proud to have put Wright Hassall’s name to the run since day one and to have seen the event grow and grow over the years.
“As always there was a real feel good atmosphere on and off the course and we congratulate everyone who played a part in the success of the run.
“Leamington Round Table’s members in particular put countless hours of planning and preparation into the event every year and once again have done a stellar job bringing the community together for a fantastic occasion.”
Mark Chambers, of event organisers Leamington Round Table, added: “It was a beautiful day for the run and we’re really chuffed with the success of the event.
“It was great to see so many families being part of both races, on and off the course. There was a real sense of community spirit today and we congratulate everyone who took part in the day and helped to raise funds for charities and good causes.”