Charities were in line for a big cash boost after runners hit the streets for the very first Asda Foundation Nottingham 10K today [Sunday 15th May].
Cheering crowds provided the runners with amazing encouragement as they made their way around the course that started and finished in Old Market Square and took in some of the historic city’s famous highlights.
First home in this inaugural event was James Kershaw in 32mins 35secs. Kilian Jurrat clocked 35mins 01secs to take second place with Ben Plummer third in 35mins 13secs.
The women’s race was won by Joanne Matthews with a time of 42mins 35secs. Catherine Jackson was second in 42mins 54secs and Beverley Armstrong took third place in 44mins 16ecs.
Winner James Kershaw, 19, of Nottingham, said: “It was brilliant to be able to run through the city with no traffic; you see it completely differently.
“It was a really nice course with a lot of support – there was barely anywhere without people out there cheering you on.”
The Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Mohammed Saghir, was there along with former Nottingham Forest and England football legend Stuart Pearce to officially start the race. Stuart then took to the streets and ran himself, supporting the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
Councillor Saghir said: “It was an excellent event on a beautiful day which brought out thousands to run and support. It really was a special day; thank you to everyone who has helped bring such a great event, for such good causes, to the city.”
Run For All Event Director Charlie Tatman said: “Well done to everyone who took part today. An extra big thank you must go to all of the volunteers and supporters who came along to make the day so special.”
Asda Foundation Senior Manager Julie Ward said: “Well done to everyone who took part in today’s inaugural Asda Foundation Nottingham 10K. We hope that everyone who took part had a brilliant day and achieved their goals.”
It is hoped that the event – the first Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All race to take part in Nottingham – will raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity.
Runners were encouraged to raise funds for a cause close to their hearts, but especially to support one of the event’s official partner charities: Macmillan Cancer Support, Nottingham Hospitals Charity, Treetops Hospice, Jane Tomlinson Appeal, My Sight, Equation, Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance, Cerebral Palsy Sport and housing charity Framework.
The Nottingham 10K is supported by Asda Foundation, Nottingham City Council, ViiSana, Gem 106, BananaKick, Arla Protein and Aftershokz.