On Sunday, over 200 adults and juniors took to the roads of Rugby for the town’s popular 5K charity event, now in its 11th year.
Organised by Rugby Round Table and RNAC’s Ladies Running Group, the event was open to runners of all abilities and included many beginners from the Ladies Running Group at Rugby & Northampton Athletic Club who were running their first ever 5K.
The overall winner of the main 5K event in a time of 17:11 was Andrew Siggers, followed in the senior male category by Vedran Versic, with RNAC runner Cian Hutton coming in third. The first junior boy home was 12 year old Arthur Tilt who ran a phenomenal race, finishing second overall in 18:14, with Dominic Evans and Oliver Bell in 2nd and 3rd in their category and an impressive 4th and 6th in the overall race. All 3 Junior boys on the podium are RNAC runners posting fantastic times.
First lady home was RNAC athlete Tilly Lea in 20:11 followed by last year’s winner Olivia Sheehan. Helen Andrews, who only joined the Ladies Running Group beginners’ course in February, came in third for the ladies. The junior girls were led home by club runner Georgia Gercs, who finished in 21:48, followed by Eloise Geary, with Sophia Baxter joining them on the podium in 3rd.
Trophies and prizes were presented to the winners by Deputy Mayor – Cllr Deepah Roberts (who also started the race) alongside MP Mark Pawsey who, again, took part in the annual event. At the finish all participants received a medal and the opportunity to receive a post-race massage from one of the event sponsors Rugby Physiotherapy.
The fun family atmosphere at the start and finish of the event was enjoyed by Rugby Round Table Chairman, Tom Koe who particularly wanted to thank the event’s sponsors, “what a fantastic friendly morning, thanks to all our runners and lead sponsor Brown and Cockerill, as well as Webb Ellis & Rugby Physiotherapy. Due to their support, we can continue to make much needed donations to local community causes”
Rugby Ladies Running Group lead coach Kay Shaw sent her congratulations to all the runners but especially the Ladies Running Group “Class of 2019” who have been training hard for this event since February. Kay expressed her gratitude to Rugby Round Table, who again took a lead role in staging the event, saying, “Tom and his team did an excellent job organising and marshalling the event, so thanks to him and all of the volunteers from both Round Table and RNAC for working together to make the event another success.”
A full results list and photographs are available on the Facebook event page.