Runners help raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity at today's Asda Foundation Leicester 10K.
The Asda Foundation Leicester 10K today made a triumphant return to the East Midlands following last year’s successful debut run.
Runners from across the region crossed the finish line, raising tens of thousands of pounds for a host of charities.
Participants of all abilities received great encouragement from spectators along the route, not least from Leicester Tigers captain and England rugby union international, Tom Youngs, who officially started the race.
Beginning in the beautiful Abbey Park, the course took the field across the Grand Union Canal and into the city centre, past the Richard III visitor centre and the cathedral. It then crossed the River Soar twice before ending with a final lap of the park.
First across the finish line was Jamie Short in 33mins and 26secs. He was followed by Stephen Headley who clocked 34mins 36secs with Matt Pyatt taking third place with a time of 35mins 15secs.
Anne Holyland was the first woman home in 37mins 35secs. Second was Amber Lester with a time of 38mins 06secs and Veleska Wills took third place in 38mins 38secs.
The Leicester 10K is part of the successful 10K series, supported by the Asda Foundation, which so far in 2018 has seen runs in Lincoln, King’s Lynn, Burnley, Hull, Leeds, York and Nottingham as well as Leicester with Bury and Sheffield remaining.
The runs are organised by Run For All, part of the legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson, whose grandparents and father lived in Leicester. She raised nearly £2m for charity by tackling a string of gruelling challenges despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
Tristan Batley-Kyle, Run For All head of events, said: “We are grateful to everyone who contributed to the success of today’s event. A special thank you must go to the many volunteers whose efforts helped ensure the entrants had such an enjoyable run.”
Mandy Rivett, Asda Foundation coordinator, said: “Well done to everyone who took part in today’s Asda Foundation Leicester 10K. There was a fantastic atmosphere as the runners made their way through the city and it was inspiring to see so many people running in support of some excellent causes.”
Many entrants ran for a good cause of their own choice or to support one of the event’s partner charities which were Jane Tomlinson Appeal; CLASP, which provides support to people looking after a relative or neighbour with care needs; Macmillan Cancer Support; LAMP Mental Health Advocacy and Information and Vista, which supports people with sight loss.
The run is supported by Asda Foundation, Arla Protein, Up & Running, Alive Leisure, Runderwear, Aftershokz, bananakick, Hertz and Leicester Tigers Foundation.