PICTURE SPECIAL: Rugby Half Marathon

More than 1,000 runners and 3,000 spectators descended on Rugby to take part in the region’s newest half-marathon last weekend.

And it was a great day for runner Toby Spencer who finished the course in the impressive time of one hour, eight minutes and 57 seconds.

Rugby Half Marathon

Rugby Half Marathon

First among the women entrants was Amy Sarkles, who set the standard at one hour, 28 minutes and 15 seconds.

The event was organised by Rugby Town JFC and managed by sports event specialists Always Aim High.

Spokesman Rob Samuel said: “We had an absolutely fantastic day in Rugby - the level of support was amazing and the racing superb.

“The feedback from competitors has also been overwhelmingly positive - I can’t wait until next year already!”

Runner-up in the half-marathon was Callum Rowlinson with Rugby man Andrew Siggers finishing third.

Andrew was also named as the “fastest local” and won a trophy donated by Rugby School.

Hot on the heels of Amy Sarkies were Sally Baker and Katie White.

In the junior Fun Run section more than 100 took part with Michael Bale and 12-year-old Amelia Dickens finishing first past the post in the boy and girl categories.

And nobody was missed out. More than 50 of the youngest athletes took part in a separate Kids’ Fun Run and each took home a medal.

Mr Samuel thanked all the sponsors and announced that £1.25p of each adult entry fee was being donated to charity.

He added: “It was incredible to see so many taking part in the junior race.

“It just shows how important grass root sport is - we always welcome any opportunity to promote it.

“These children could be the athletics stars of the future so it’s great to be able to give them an opportunity to perform in front of a large cheering and supportive crowd.”