The 15th annual Wright Hassall Regency 10k saw almost 2,000 take to the streets of Leamington – and the winner enjoy “a good workout”.
Adam Peacock rounded off his training for the London Marathon by crossing the line ahead of the field.
The 27-year old, who is in the Marines and competes for Great Britain in Biathlon, had only one regret after winning the race, organised by the Leamington Round Table, which he first entered as a teenager.
Adam, who is from Bromsgrove and is not a member of a running club, said: “I haven’t run competitively since September so I really came here for a good workout.
“I hadn’t got my watch on and didn’t realise I was quite so near my personal best which is a shame, and probably could have beaten it, but I am really pleased to have won.
“I have entered the event four or five times, but didn’t know how I would do as I had an eight hour drive down from Scotland on Thursday which is probably not the best preparation.”
Alistair McDonnell from Rugby and Northampton AC was second, with Leamington’s Callum Hanlon – a former winner of the event – in third.
Natalie Bhangal from Leamington C&AC, who works as a personal trainer, was the first female home while clubmate Megan Macdonald was second.
The event also saw the fifth annual 1k kids run, organised by Kids Run Free, take place, giving youngsters the chance to take part in the day.
Leading Leamington Spa based law firm Wright Hassall continued its support by sponsoring the annual 10k, a relationship which goes back 15 years to the very first Regency Run, and entered a team of 20 to take part.
Alex Robinson, partner at Wright Hassall, said: “The run is a real community event and it was great to see so many people watching as well as taking park.
“People put in months of training and there was a huge amount of support along the route cheering them to the finish.”
The Wright Hassall Regency 10k has raised more than £350,000 since it began and is one of Leamington Round Table’s major calendar events.
As part of the drive to make this year’s event the first plastic-free Wright Hassall Regency 10k, bio degradable Eco For Life 500ml water bottles were handed to each runner by staff at Warwick-based property development and investment company AC Lloyd.
Gary Craine, Chairman of the Leamington Round Table, said: “We would like to thank all the runners, our sponsors and the volunteers who helped make this year’s event such a success.
“It was not too warm for the runners and was pretty near perfect for all taking part. A great deal of work goes into organising the event and the support it attracts is fantastic.
“The Wright Hassall Regency 10k is all about raising money for good causes in the local community, so I would like to thank everyone who donated and raised money for this year’s run.”
- Adam Peacock 32.30
- Alistair McDonnell (Rugby and Northampton AC) 32.34
- Callum Hanlon (Leamington C&AC) 32.46
- Natalie Bhangal (Leamington C&AC) 38.35
- Megan Macdonald (Leamington C&AC) 39.27
- Anita Howe (Northbrook) 40.13