There a few better places to be on a perfect Sunday morning than at Kenilworth Runners Annual Half Marathon. Clearly the 700 hundred entrants thought that for the demand for places has never been more intense with the entry list closed two weeks before the event. In perfect running conditions with no discernable wind, a mild, but overcast day, and with the thought of the 13.1 miles of beautiful Warwickshire countryside that lay ahead, the runners on the start line looked forward to the race with relish.
As with the previous five events the route took the runners from the start by Castle Farm Leisure Centre up the first climb to Rounds Hill and so to turn right into Rouncil Lane.
Following Rouncil Lane all the way to Waste Green the course presented runners with several steady climbs until the right turn just past Waste Greentook them along the narrow road to a sharp right turn at Glebe Farm and then the long tough climb through Haseley Green to Haseley Knob where a right turn gives the runners some respite through Beausale and past Hill Farm back onto Rouncil Lane.
During the run back to Rounds Hill runners who look left get a superb view of Kenilworth Castle to inspire them for the last three miles to Castle Farm Leisure Centre and the finish.
This is not an easy course and the winners had to work hard for their prizes. Paul Andrew of Northbrook was the first man to finish in the excellent time of 70 minutes and 54 seconds with Helen Finch taking the first ladies prize with a superb run in 85 minutes and 25 seconds.