The Rugby Half Marathon launched successfully when almost 1,000 runners took part in Sunday's (12 July) race. In addition to the strong turnout, over 3000 spectators descended upon Rugby Town for the Midlands' newest 13.1 mile event.
Oganised by Always Aim High Events, the race saw the field begin from the market town of Rugby before moving through the beautiful surrounding countryside of Warwickshire. The route then returned to Rugby and the event village which was buzzing with spectators, music and entertainment.
On the racing front, Coventry Harriers' Toby Spencer secured a comfortable victory in 1:05:56. Callum Rowlinson (1:13:52) was second with Andrew Siggers in third position (1:15:53).
In the women's competition, Rugby Triathlon Club's Amy Sarkies took first place in 1:28:12, with club-mate Sally Baker second (1:29:54) and Katie White third (1:32:59). Dan Henderson was the mid-point competitor in 2:03:17, while the last runner came home in 3:31:11.
Event manager Rob Samuel said he was delighted with the turnout and atmosphere on Sunday: "We have had an absolutely fantastic day here at Rugby - the level of support has been amazing, and the racing has been superb. The feedback from the competitors has been overwhelmingly positive … I can't wait until next year already."