THE HEAT was certainly on for those taking part in the Two Castles Run on Sunday.
The 39th staging of the ever-popular 10km run between Warwick and Kenilworth castles witnessed one of the hottest days in its history.
Some householders even greeted the thousands of runners taking part with welcome hosepipes to help cool them down in the sweltering conditions.
Enthusiastic crowds cheered on the competitors in the run, which was once again organised by Kenilworth Rotary Club and Leamington Cycling & Athletics Club, assisted this year by Kenilworth Runners, and sponsored by Leamington law firm Blythe Liggins.
Race organiser and Rotarian Philip Southwell said: “The Two Castles Run is an annual sporting highlight in Warwickshire and, as usual, it lived up to all expectations.
“There was a great atmosphere and our thanks go to all those who helped made it happen, from the volunteers to the runners and the crowds who clapped and cheered the competitors as they made their way to the finish line.”
Callum Hanlon (Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club) was once again first past the finishing line having previously claimed victory in 2022 and in 2019, with a finishing time of 32 minutes 22 seconds. Scott Hudspith (Coventry Godiva Harriers) took the runners-up spot in 33m 05s, while David Brewis (Sphinx AC) came third in 33m 07s.
Kelly Edwards (Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club) was the first woman home in a time of 37m 46s, followed by Natalie Bhangal (Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club) who completed the course in 40m 22s and Olivia Bailey (Nuneaton Harriers) was third in 40m 39s.
It was the 18th year Blythe Liggins was the event’s sponsor, with the firm also fielding a squad of 20 runners, as well as providing race marshals.
Donna Bothamley, from Blythe Liggins, said: “The enduring appeal of the Two Castles Run is clear to see with so many runners competing – all of whom were once again supported by fantastic crowds.
“We’re all delighted the day went so well and our congratulations, and respect, go to all those who took part.”
The Two Castles Run is staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers and annually raises thousands of pounds for local and national charities.
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