An Englishman’s (and woman’s) home is their castle or in this case, two castles with nearly 4,000 runners taking part in the historical Two Castles 10K on Sunday (12 June). The event was organised by the Rotary Club of Kenilworth and Leamington Cycling and Athletic Club with all proceeds going to charitable causes.
The main attraction of this race is the two castles - Warwick and Kenilworth, built around the time of William the Conqueror and each with a proud heritage. Their importance continues today, playing a central role in this point-to-point race that attracts runners from across the country.
Runners started from Warwick Castle and followed a mainly flat course on traffic-free roads although they faced an early ‘leg-loosener’ in the form of a steep climb past Leek Wootton. There was another hill on the approach to Kenilworth but with a shallower gradient than the testing incline earlier on in the race; then followed by a dash to the finish line inside the castle grounds.
Several participants entered into the mediaeval spirit of the occasion by wearing themed fancy dress whilst fundraising for their chosen charity. Others had the option of running for the Rotary International End Polio Now programme as suggested by the race organisers.
Daniel Nash of East Cornwall Harriers won the 10K in 32:34 followed by Alistair Smith of Coventry Godiva Harriers in 32:59. Stephen Page of Kenilworth Runners took third place in 34:08. Sarah Rose of Kenilworth Runners won the women’s race in 38:23 followed by Kelly Edwards of Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club in 39:15. Natalie Bhangal also of Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club took third place in 39:59.
A sell-out event with popular appeal that was made possible by the army of volunteers.
Photo courtesy of Two Castles Run.