The third running of the Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K was today hailed a great success as thousands of runners crossed the finish line, raising tens of thousands of pounds for charity.
The streets were alive with noise and colour and large crowds cheered the runners as they made their way around the course.
Starting in Arundel Gate in the heart of the city, the route took runners on a journey along Charter Row and Ecclesall Road, before skirting the edges of Endcliffe Park.
It continued along Riverdale Road, along Endcliffe Vale Road, close to the Botanical Gardens, then down Brocco Bank and back to a thrilling city centre finish.
First across the finish line was Michael Kallenberg in a time of 32:11, with Joe Sagar second in 32:50 and Joseph Newman-Billington clocked 33:44 to take third place.
Nicole Holland was the first woman home in 37:50, ahead of Elaine Livera in second in 38:28 and Ashleigh Barron who finished third in 39:37.
Many of those running were supporting the event’s official charities which this year were youth housing charity Roundabout, Snowdrop Project, Macmillan Cancer Support, Brain Tumour Research and Support, Sheffield Hospitals Charity, St Luke’s Hospice, Cavendish Cancer Care, Sheffield Mencap & Gateway, The Children’s Hospital Charity and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
And there was a race within a race as companies and organisations from across the region battled it out for the title of fastest team in the race in the Sheffield 10K’s Working Win Corporate Challenge. The results will be announced shortly.
Mandy Hepworth, Asda Foundation co-ordinator, said: “It was wonderful to see so many people taking part in the third Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K to raise money for charitable causes. While there could only be one winner, there were thousands of heroes out their today. Well done everyone who took part.”
Tristan Batley-Kyle, head of events at race organiser Run For All, said: “The Sheffield 10K continues to go from strength to strength and was another great success today. We are enormously grateful to everyone – runners, spectators, sponsors and not least are hard-working volunteers – who contributed to that success.”
After the 10K the stage was set for the Arena Group Mini and Junior Run, and children aged 3-14 were loudly cheered as they made their way around either the 1.5K or 2.5K course.
Adrian Fitzpatrick, Managing Director of the Arena Group, said: “It was great to see so many children having so much fun while raising money for good causes. They all deserve great praise.”
This year the mini and junior run’s official charity was Paces, which supports children and adults who are living with neurological conditions.
The Sheffield 10K is supported by the Asda Foundation, Sheffield City Council, Hallam FM, Up & Running, AfterShokz, Runderwear, Arla Protein, bananakick, Sheffield City Trust, Hertz, Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme and Fitness Unlimited.