Still time to get the running shoes on for the return of Two Castles Run - The Leamington Observer

Still time to get the running shoes on for the return of Two Castles Run

THERE are still some places left for anyone wishing to take part in next month’s Two Castles 10k run between Warwick and Kenilworth.

Philip Southwell, president of organisers Kenilworth Rotary Club, said race packs were being issued this week to all 3,200 registered runners but that the registration list would remain open until June 1.

The Sunday June 12 event, which is also supported by Leamington Spa Cycling and Athletics Club and sponsored by Leamington solicitors Blythe Liggins, has not been run since the beginning of the pandemic.

Rotary press officer Bob Kelly said: “After a three-year absence, the race will be back on the usual route and the club has been busy recruiting 160 route marshals and setting up the traffic and road management plans which makes it safe for all competitors.”

Mr Kelly said they had hoped it would be a completely plastic-free event but that they would be reluctantly using plastic water bottles again because there were difficulties regarding the recycling of the alternative Tetra Pak water cartons.

“We have however reduced the number of plastic bottles to avoid wastage and would urge all runners to bring their own water bottles and consider having a second bottle in their kit bag which will be transported to Kenilworth Castle for use at the finish. This will help reduce wastage and costs. We have, however, dispensed with the plastic goody bags and as much plastic as possible.”

It will be the 15th year that Blythe Liggins has been the headline sponsor and the firm will be fielding a squad of some 30 runners, as well as providing some race marshals and running the water station at the finish.

Senior partner David Lester said: “The charities supported by the runners have been hard hit by the pandemic with most of their main fund-raising events cancelled, so it is even more important this year that as many people as possible dig deep to sponsor the individual runners.”

The race is staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers and annually raises more than £100,000 for local and national charities.

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