CONDITIONS were perfect for this year’s Two Castles Run.
The 33rd staging of the ever-popular 10km race between Warwick and Kenilworth Castles saw a full field of 4,000 runners set off from Warwick at 9am.
Some 33 minutes 18 seconds later the winner Patrick Roddy, a member of Kenilworth Runners running club crossed the finish line in Kenilworth Castle. Second man home was Dom Blake and third was Anthony Woodward.
Patrick, a 20-year-old student studying at Cambridge, had run the race four times before with a previous best place of fourth. He was threatened for the lead in the early part of the race but fought off the next competitor to win by ten seconds
The first lady home was Joanne McCandless in a time of 39 minutes and 8 seconds.
She said: “I had a good run enjoying it all the way, Last year I was injured and its good to be back and win.”
She was followed home by Danielle Bryan 28 seconds later, with Zara Blower third – a further14 seconds behind.
Male Team Prize went to Kenilworth Runners and the Female team victors were from Leamington Cycling and Athletic Club.
The Oldest lady competitor Sara Slevin 75 years-old who has been running for 34 years including 27 marathons and 50 plus half marathons and six 10k runs was delighted to be back after injury last year.
She praised the event as one of the best organised runs she has entered.
Organised by Kenilworth Rotary Club with the help of Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club, the event raised over £100,000 for charity.
Richard Thornton, joint senior partner of Blythe Liggins Solicitors, celebrating their 10th year as the main sponsor of the event, said: “Yet again we had a terrific morning with thousands of runners and spectators enjoying the run and the welcome fine weather. As in previous years we entered a large team of runners, provided marshals and ran a water station and all those involved said it had been a very successful event.”
Visit www.Twocastlesrun.org.uk for full results.