The first Asda Foundation Leicester 10K was today hailed an outstanding success as hordes of runners hit the streets – clocking up a major boost for charity.
Enthusiastic spectators helped create a fantastic atmosphere as they encouraged the runners around the route, which started and finished in picturesque Abbey Park.
Leicester Tigers legend Rory Underwood set the large field on its way and the runners followed a route that took them across the Grand Union Canal and into the city centre, past the Richard III visitor centre, and the cathedral. They then crossed the River Soar twice before ending with a final lap of the park.
First across the finish line was Zach Spence in 36mins and 41secs. He was followed by Antony Robinson who clocked 37mins 33secs with Simon Richardson taking third place with a time of 37mins 53secs.
Hannah Robinson was the first woman home in 41mins 13secs. Second was Chloe Finlay with a time of 41mins 25secs and Nicki Davis took third place in 42mins 32secs.
But the biggest winners were the many charities who are set to benefit for the event. Many runners were supporting a good cause of their own choice or one of the event’s partner charities - Jane Tomlinson Appeal, The Carers Centre (Leicestershire and Rutland), Macmillan Cancer Support, LAMP Mental Health Advocacy and Information and homelessness charity The Bridge.
The event was organised by Run For All, part of the legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson, who raised nearly £2m for charity by tackling a string of gruelling challenges despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
Lynne Preston, Run for All Event Manager, said: “We are enormously grateful to all those who have worked hard to make the first Asda Foundation Leicester 10K so memorable, particularly the many volunteers who gave up their time to ensure the runners had a safe and enjoyable event.”
Asda Foundation Senior Manager Julie Ward said: “Everyone involved in today’s event – runners, spectators and volunteers – are to be applauded for their efforts which ensured the first Asda Foundation Leicester 10K was a great success.
“Well done to all the finishers, particularly those who took on the challenge to support the work of some brilliant charities.”
Today’s event – the newest in the Run For All calendar – poignantly took place on the 10th anniversary of Jane’s death and as her family announced £10m had now been raised for charity in her name
Jane’s husband Mike, who leads Run For All, said: “I hope Jane would be happy with what has been achieved.
“For us, it was never about creating a legacy for Jane. It was ensuring that the fundraising could go on; the charities that she had supported, and many more, still needed us.”
The Leicester 10K is supported by Asda Foundation, Arla Protein, Up & Running, Viisana, Aftershokz, bananakick and Leicester Tigers Foundation.