A total of 611 runners completed today's Kenilworth Runners Half Marathon. First home was Gary Payne, George Eliot Striders in 1:11:20 to win the Male Category for the third year in a row bettering his last years run by 2.5 minutes. In the Female Category the honours went to Carol Adams, Centurion Road Runners in 1:24.06.
The 2005 Kenilworth Runners Half Marathon, which also hosted the Warwickshire Road Race Championships, proved a sell out days before the event and yet again proved its popularity as an irresistible attraction to runners throughout this land and indeed some from abroad.
No less than 611 runners completed this challenging course. The day was made all the more memorable by the presence of the Mayor of Kenilworth, Councillor Dave Shilton who kindly handed prizes to the worthy winners but on a superb day every one of the 611 finishers was a true champion.
The day was ideal for running, cold but dry and with no discernable wind to hinder the competitors.
The course chosen was that used in the previous events offering the runners many different challenges with a few hills and all in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside with fleeting views of the famous Castle at several points as a bonus. Starting in Fishponds Road it heads out along the nearby roads to eventually meet Rouncil Lane and a nice downhill. The course then follows Rouncil Lane until it turns right near Waste Green and head out towards Hatton Green where another right turn leads through Haseley Green to Haseley Knob and right to Beausale where after a short while it returns to Rouncil Lane and back to the Leisure Centre and the finish.
There may be bigger half marathons but few can boast such a beautiful course passing through truly English countryside.
This year's race proved yet another outstanding success for Kenilworth Runners and in particular for Roger Wilkes the race organiser and his team of helpers.