Big birthday party for Asda Foundation City of Lincoln 10K – as thousands join the celebrations

It was one big birthday party as thousands of runners RSVPed to celebrate the 21st running of the Asda Foundation City of Lincoln 10K.

The event was hailed a huge success, bringing a massive boost for local good causes, big and small.

Local residents and businesses generated an amazing great atmosphere as the participants made their way round the course, which started in Riseholme Road and finished at the majestic Lincoln Cathedral.

Among them was star of the show Elsie Illingsworth, who at 94, was the event’s oldest participant.

After helping the Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Yvonne Bodger, officially start the race, Elsie was joined by a team of five and supported around the course to raise funds for Age UK.

After a monumental effort, Elsie crossed the line – after stepping out of her wheelchair – in a very impressive 1hour 28 mins and 53secs.

Elise’s was just one of many amazing endeavours in today’s event, which was one of the biggest to date.

Other participants included City of Lincoln 10K regular Gladys Tingle who took on the course once more aged 86. Gladys, who has raised thousands for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance is a well-known sight in Lincoln, pounding the pavement each day!

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And the UK’s number 1 ranking T11 (visually impaired) athlete Rebecca Brightmore put in a great performance, finishing in 54mins 13 secs.

First across the finish line was Joe Wilkinson in a time of 30mins 23secs. Matthew Bowser took second place in 30mins 31secs with Shane Robinson third in 30mins 39secs.

Claire Martin was the first woman home in 35mins 10secs followed by Sarah Lowery who clocked 35mins 44secs for second spot and Abbie Donnelly who took third in 36mins 22secs.

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Tristan Batley-Kyle, Course Director with organisers Run For All, said: “Thank you to everyone who made today’s City of Lincoln 10K such a success, especially the many volunteers who gave up their time.”

Asda Foundation Senior Manager Julie Ward said: “Once more the City of Lincoln 10K was a huge success – and a great opener to the 2017 Asda Foundation 10K Series.

“Every single participant is to be congratulated on an amazing job. Well done everyone!”

Councillor Donald Nannestad, Portfolio Holder for Recreational Services and Health at City of Lincoln Council, said: "Congratulations to everyone who took part in today's 21st City of Lincoln 10K; it was a fantastic celebration.

"Thanks must go to everyone who made this event another success - including the very many volunteers and spectators who were excellent as usual."

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This year’s event once more finished outside Lincoln Cathedral with the event village staged in the newly-refurbished Lincoln Castle grounds. Among the attractions was a family fun zone hosted by the Asda Foundation, along with free medal engraving for every finisher.

The fun got underway on Saturday 1st April at the Yarborough Leisure Centre playing field when hundreds of youngsters took part in the free to enter Arena Group Lincoln Mini and Junior Run, many raising money for KIDS Strut, which helps disabled children and their families.

Adrian Fitzpatrick, Arena Group Managing Director, said: “It was excellent to see so many children taking part in the mini and junior runs which we were delighted to sponsor. They all did themselves proud and supported some great causes. Well done to everyone involved.”

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The City of Lincoln 10K is supported by Asda Foundation, City of Lincoln Council, Up&Running, Arla Protein, BBC Radio Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire Echo, Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Lincoln Castle, Aftershokz, and BananaKick.

Partner charities benefitting from the 10K event were the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice; Macmillan Cancer Support; Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance; LIVES; brainstrust; Framework, Cerebral Palsy Sport and the Mayor of Lincoln’s Charity.

Entries for Run For All’s Nottingham 10K on Sunday 28th May are now open at /10k/nottingham/