The 33rd Two Castles Run was hailed as a great success by organisers after 4,000 runners signed up to make it from Warwick to Kenilworth Castle on Sunday morning.
The iconic race, organised each year by the Kenilworth Rotary Club with the help of Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club, is Kenilworth’s biggest sporting spectacle.
Renowned as one of the best 10k races in the UK, the event raises over £100,000 for charity each year.
And this year was no different as competitors set off from inside the Warwick Castle grounds at 9am, with winner Patrick Roddy from Kenilworth Runners crossing the finish line 33 minutes and 18 seconds later.
Second to enter Kenilworth Castle was Dom Blake and 20-year-old student, Anthony Woodward in third place.
The first woman to cross the line was Joanne McCandless in 39 minutes and 8 seconds.
Speaking about the run, 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.”
Danielle Bryan came in second and Zara Blower in third female position.
Kenilworth Runners scooped the Male Team Prize, with the female equivalent going to Leamington Cycling and Athletic Club.
The oldest runner was 75-year-old Sara Slevin who has completed 27 marathons, more than 50 half marathons, and six 10K runs.
Richard Thornton from Blythe Liggins Solicitors which has sponsored the event for the past 10 years, 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 was a very successful event.”
Kenilworth’s MP Jeremy Wright was at the castle to welcome runners across the line and thanked organisers for another “fantastic” event.
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Yet again we had a terrific morning with thousands of runners and spectators enjoying the run and the welcome fine weather.Richard Thornton, Blythe Liggins Solicitors