Hundreds of youngsters pulled on their trainers today to take part in one of the region’s biggest children’s fun runs.
Children aged between three and 15 took part in the Arena Group Lincoln Mini and Junior Run, part of the 21st Asda Foundation City of Lincoln 10K which tomorrow [Sunday] will bring thousands of runners on to the city’s streets.
It was a chance for the youngsters to experience the excitement and atmosphere of a large-scale fun run as enthusiastic crowds cheered their progress around Yarborough Leisure Centre’s playing fields.
Children aged between three and eight tackled the 1.5K accompanied by an adult, 9-14-year-olds took on the 2.5k route and there was a 5k course for youngsters aged 11-15.
All the finishers received a goody bag, medal and T-shirt to mark their achievement. Many of those taking part were raising money for the event’s partner charity, KIDS Strut, which supports disabled youngsters and their families - or for another good cause of their choice.
First girl across the line in the 2.5K race was Holly Davey followed by Eleanor Clarkson in second and Louise Hirst was third girl. First boy was Will Bloom, with Ollie Pearson in second place and Mathew Turner coming home third.
In the 5K run, Lewis Bugden was the first boy home, Arlo Southwell was second and Felice Molinario came in in third place. The first girl was India Barwell, second girl was Megan Weaver with Lucy Davies in third place.
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 all those involved.”
The City of Lincoln is organised by Run For All, part of the legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson who raised nearly £2m for charity while battling incurable cancer.
Tristan Batley Kyle, Course Director at event organisers Run For All, said: “The Mini and Junior event is a brilliant part of the City of Lincoln 10K. The enthusiasm shown by the young runners is great to see and we are very grateful to them and their parents and their families for helping to make the event such a success.”
For more information about Run For All events visit www.runforall.com