The 20th running of the Asda Foundation City of Lincoln 10K today was hailed a fantastic success as thousands of people turned out to run the city’s historic streets.
Charities across the region were handed a massive boost by the landmark event as thousands of pounds were raised for charity.
Large and enthusiastic crowds helped generate a great atmosphere as the field made its way round the course, which started in Riseholme Road and finished near the majestic Lincoln Cathedral.
The spirit shown by the runners in tackling the challenge was illustrated by 85-year-old Gladys Tingle, of Horncastle, who made her way around the route accompanied by her grandson, Jason, and granddaughter Jackie.
Since turning 70-years-old, Gladys’s fundraising efforts in aid of the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance Service have included two marathons and a host of half marathons.
First across the finish line was Matthew Bowser in a time of 30mins 28secs. Shane Robinson took second place in 31mins 09secs with Tom Straw third in 31mins 10secs.
Rachael Burns was the first woman home in 34mins 47secs followed by Joanne Goodier who clocked 37mins 23secs for second spot and Jenny Blizard who took third in 37mins 30secs.
Councillor Donald Nannestad, Portfolio Holder for Recreational Services and Health at City of Lincoln Council, who took part, said: “It was excellent to be part of the City of Lincoln 10K’s 20th birthday.
“There was a real buzz out on the course and the support provided by the spectators was wonderful. Everyone involved really did themselves and Lincoln proud.”
Asda Foundation Manager Julie Ward said: “The event was a super success and a fitting way to mark the 20th birthday run. The runners are to be congratulated, not only on completing the run but also on raising so much money for charity.”
Charlie Tatman, event manager with organisers Run For All, said: “We are delighted with the support shown for the 20th City of Lincoln 10K. It has been a memorable day and huge thanks must go to the many volunteers who gave their time to make the event such a success.”
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 City of Lincoln 10K is supported by Asda Foundation, City of Lincoln Council, ViiSana, Haart, BBC Radio Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire Echo, Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Lincoln Castle, Aftershokz, BananaKick and Arla Protein.
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 next year’s Asda Foundation City of Lincoln 10K on Sunday April 2nd are now open. Click here to enter.
The full results can be found here.