Sunday (8 July) saw over 5500 runners compete in some testing conditions for what is the jewel in the crown of the Run For All 10K series, the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K. 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 has raised an incredible amount for charity – estimated to be well over £4m.
A start party which included the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Graham Latty, got the run underway and participants were cheered on 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 5,500 strong field also included Sky Sports’ Bryn Law and wheelchair racers Jade Jones and Callum Hall.
First to cross the line was Valley Striders’ John Hobbs, who clocked a winning time of 32:32. Benjamin Douglas (32:51) and Leeds City AC’s Jake Callis (33:07) were second and third respectively. City of Hull’s Becky McDonald grabbed top spot in the female competition in 39:21 ahead of Horsforth Harriers’ Aisling Wall (39:44) and Natasha Dawson (40:20).
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.”
Entries for the 2019 race are now open.