Significant year for Two Castles Run - The Leamington Observer

Significant year for Two Castles Run

Leamington Editorial 15th Mar, 2024   0

IT’S a significant year for the Two Castles Run.

Fundraisers are being invited to lace up their running shoes and tackle the 10km course between Warwick Castle and Kenilworth Castle on Sunday June 9.

And this year the running event, sponsored by Leamington solictors Blythe Liggins, not only celebrates its 40th anniversary but will also be the first one without a legendary figure at the helm.

Rotarian Philip Southwell has retired from organising the event after nearly two decades in charge.

Philip, who believes the time is right for other people to take the lead, said: “There were 800 entrants when I first took charge and now there are around 4,000.

“It’s turned into a very successful event and has raised well over £1million pounds for good causes just over the last 10 years or so.

“This year will be the first time I’ve missed the Two Castles Run in more than two decades as I’m going on holiday. My wife and I celebrate our wedding anniversary in June, so it’s been a very long time since we’ve been away together at this time of year due to obvious reasons, but I think I can go on holiday this year.”

The race entry for the 2024 Two Castles Run is £29 for England Athletics affiliated runners or £31 for unaffiliated runners, and a t-shirt and medal are included for finishers.

Donna Bothamley, from Blythe Liggins Solicitors, said: “Our thanks go to Philip who has been instrumental in turning the Two Castles Run into a fantastic event which always draws in participants from far and wide. He’s done an amazing job and thoroughly deserves his retirement.

“Blythe Liggins is delighted to be continuing our long-running support of the run once again this year as it celebrates 40 years and we’re hoping to see as many people as possible taking part.”

The Two Castles Run is organised by the Kenilworth Runners in conjunction with Kenilworth Rotary and Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club.

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