THE RACE to secure a place in the annual Two Castles Run is under starter’s orders.
The ballot for this year’s run between Warwick and Kenilworth will open at noon on Friday February 1 with 4,000 places up for grabs.
Organisers Kenilworth Rotary Club introduced the ballot system for the first time last year owing to the number wanting to take part in the ever-popular 10km run.
This year one person can register others in a team or group and the ballot will close at a minute to midnight on February 14.
Registration will be via the FullonSport website – fullonsport.com – and will be drawn on March 1, with successful runners being notified by email.
“Those who are unsuccessful will automatically be added to the waiting list” said race organiser and Rotarian Philip Southwell. “As last year, to enhance the safety of the runners, the entire route will be closed to traffic.”
The Two Castles Run is one of the main events in the Warwickshire Road Race League and will be run on Sunday June 10.
Leamington law firm Blythe Liggins will be the main sponsor for the 13th consecutive year, along with fielding a team of runners and a water station.
Richard Thornton, joint senior partner, said: “The Two Castles run is an excellent event and we are delighted to be supporting it once again.
“The move to a ballot system, which is obviously used so successfully with major events such as the London Marathon, has proved to be a much fairer way to ensure registration for the thousands who wish to take part in this increasingly popular run.”