The 11th running of the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K was today hailed a fantastic success as thousands of runners crossed the finish line to hand a host of charities a major boost.
The city’s streets were awash with colour as the participants – cheered on by large crowds that helped generate a truly electric atmosphere – made their way around the route which started in Vicar Lane, headed down to The Calls, through City Square, down Wellington Street and along Kirkstall Road before looping back to finish outside Leeds Town Hall.
There were some great individual and team performances and a new British record was set (pending official ratification) in the Women’s Wheelchair T54 category by GB Paralympian Jade Jones.
Jones also set a new course record with her PB time of 23mins and 11seconds. First wheelchair athlete overall was Leeds-born Callum Hall in 23mins and 08 secs, with Bret Crossley in third place with 23mins and 13 secs.
Overall, first male athlete was John Hobbs from Valley Striders AC in 32mins 23secs. Callum Elson of Roundhay Runners clocked 32mins 46secs to take second place with Joe Sagar, from Spenborough and District AC, third in 33mins 05secs.
The women’s race was won by Susan Lewis of Roundhay Runners with a time of 38mins 59secs. Rachel Hawker was second in 39mins 25secs and Leila Armoush of Leeds City AC was a fraction behind, taking took third place in 39mins 26secs.
Among some familiar faces taking part were Leeds Rhinos legends Jamie Peacock and Barrie McDermott, Emmerdale actress Michelle Hardwick, former Leeds United and England defender Danny Mills and Sky Sports presenter Bryn Law.
Lizzie Jones, the widow of rugby league player Danny Jones, who died after suffering a cardiac arrest during a game, took part to raise money for the charity established in his memory. The Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund helps community rugby league clubs and junior teams purchase potentially life-saving defibrillators.
The Leeds 10K is part of the legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson CBE, who raised nearly £2m by completing a series of daunting challenges despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer. She launched the event in 2007 and since then it has raised over £4m for charity.
Julie Ward, Asda Foundation Senior Manager, said: “Congratulations must go to everyone involved in today’s event. It was another enormous success and we are proud to be associated with an event that offers people the opportunity to achieve personal goals while supporting good causes at the same time. Well done to everyone who crossed the finish line.”
The field also included hundreds of businessmen and women taking part in the Clarion Leeds 10K Corporate Challenge, in which companies and other organisations compete for the title of fastest firm in the race.
Roger Hutton, Joint Managing Partner with law firm Clarion, said: “A big thank you to all the teams who turned out today to help make the Clarion Leeds 10K Corporate Challenge a great success.
“As well as engaging in a bit of friendly competition, all those who took part have the satisfaction of knowing the funds raised by their efforts will go to support the work of some excellent charities. Well done all.”
Lynne Preston, Event Manager at Run For All, organisers of the event, said: “Many people work hard to make the Asda Foundation the success it is. I would like to thank in particular the many volunteers whose efforts ensure the runners have an enjoyable and safe race. We are very grateful to them.”
The Leeds 10K is supported by Asda Foundation, Leeds City Council, Clarion, Viisana, Arla Protein, Yorkshire Evening Post, Heart, Banana kick, Up & Running, Aftershokz, Sports and Active Lifestyles and Leeds Beckett University.
Around 1,000 children yesterday [Saturday 8th July] took part in the Arena Group Leeds Mini and Junior Runs around Leeds Dock.
The next Run For All event is the Asda Foundation York 10K on Sunday 6th August.
Entries are also now open for the 2018 Leeds 10K and the Leeds Half Marathon. Go to www.runforall.com to explore all Run For All events.