A FIELD of more than 2,000 runners struggled to keep up with Ben Jones as he made light work of the 10 kilometre Wright Hassall Regency Run course to win the annual race.
Ben is originally from Merseyside but has lived in the area since studying at the University of Warwick and was competing in the race, which is organised by Leamington Round Table and sponsored by Leamington law firm Wright Hassall, for the first time.
The 29-year-old, who represents Coventry Godiva Harriers and works for Cranfield Business Recovery, took 32 minutes and 8 seconds to finish the course through the streets and parks of Leamington – more than 90 seconds quicker than his nearest rival.
“It was hard work – the first half in particular was tough going.” said Ben.
“I just kept working hard, and I didn’t realise the gap to the next runner was so much to be honest.
“It brightened up just before the race, so running conditions were ideal really.
“I’ve always wanted to take part in the race, but it’s clashed with other races I’ve done in the past. I know some of the team from the sponsors Wright Hassall so I thought I’d come down and give it a go this year, and thankfully it went well.”
Wright Hassall has sponsored the race since it first started 11 years ago and again entered a team into the run.
Senior partner Nick Abell said: “Once again it was fantastic event which we are delighted to support.
“The atmosphere across the course was tremendous and the volunteers from Leamington Round Table deserve great credit for organising another hugely successful event.”
More than 250 children also took part in a 1k kids run, which was organised by charity Kids Run Free.
Mark Chambers, of Leamington Round Table, said: “There was a real sense of community spirit during the event, both on and off the course, and we’re delighted the success of the run continues to grow.
“We had more than 2,200 entrants into the main race, and over 250 children taking part in the kids race, so it was a great turn out and helped to raise funds for charities and local causes.”
Second home in the main race was Richard Shepherd (33.52) of Stratford AC and third was Adam Peacock (33.57) of the Royal Marines, while Sue Harrison (38.34) of Leamington C&AC was the first woman across the line.
Winner – left to right – Andy Parish (Leamington Round Table), race winner Ben Jones (Coventry Godiva Harriers) and Nick Abell (Wright Hassall).
Youngsters battle for the lead.
Keep on running.
Leamington C&AC’s Sue Harrison crosses the line as first woman home.
Nick Gill, Andy Ferrington, Arun Sehdev.
Greg Camplin and Gail Audhali.
The Wright Hassall team ahead of the race.
Cheering on the runners.