Many charities are set to benefit from the thousands running in the 12th Asda Foundation Leeds 10K.
Charities were handed a major boost today as thousands of runners crossed the finish line of the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K.
It was the 12th running of the event which since its launch in 2007 has raised well over £4m for local good causes.
Organised by Run For All, the event forms part of the lasting legacy of the late inspirational Jane Tomlinson CBE, who founded the event shortly before her death 11 years ago.
And today’s race reflected Jane’s indomitable spirit as thousands of runners of all abilities took on the challenge to raise tens of thousands of pounds for a host of charities.
A start party including the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Graham Latty, got the run underway and the participants were cheered and encouraged as they made 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 line outside Leeds Town Hall.
Among those across the finish line were former Leeds Rhinos greats Jamie Peacock, Barrie McDermott, Keith Senior and Rob Burrow. The field also included Sky Sports’ Bryn Law and wheelchair racers Jade Jones and Callum Hall.
The race was won by John Hobbs in 32mins 32secs. Benjamin Douglas clocked 32mins 51secs to take second place with Jake Callis third in 33mins 51secs.
Becky McDonald won the women’s race with a time of 39mins 31secs. Aisling Wall was second in 39mins 51secs and Natasha Dawson took third place in 39mins 51secs.
The male wheelchair race was won in record time by Callum Hall who clocked 22mins 51secs, while Georgina Lord triumphed in the female wheelchair race in 38mins 43secs.
Mandy Rivett, Co-ordinator of the Asda Foundation, said: “The Leeds 10K is undoubtedly a highlight of the Asda Foundation 10K Series and this year’s was another huge success. Well done to all the runners whose efforts today will support the work of some outstanding charities.
“A big thank you must also go to the many volunteers who gave up their time and worked extremely hard to ensure the run went well.”
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: “The many teams running today contributed to the fantastic atmosphere generated on the city centre streets. As well as enjoying a great run, many of those taking part in the Clarion Corporate Challenge raised money for some excellent causes. Well done to all the teams.”
The Asda Foundation Leeds 10K partner charities are the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Macmillan Cancer Support, Mind Leeds, Sue Ryder, Martin House Children’s Hospice, St George’s Crypt, Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal, Candlelighters, People In Action and Brain Tumour Research and Support.
The 10K is sponsored and supported by the Asda Foundation, Leeds City Council, Up & Running, Aftershokz, Runderwear, Arla Protein, Hertz, LTS, Leeds Beckett University, Yorkshire Evening Post, Heart Radio and Active Leeds.