The 22nd staging of the Wakefield 10K looks set to exceed all previous records with upwards of 2,000 runners expected to turnout on Sunday 2 April. Organised by the fundraising team at Wakefield Hospice, the event has been invaluable source of support to the charity throughout the 10k’s history – £50,000 was raised last year alone.
Taking place in Clarence Park Arena, Thornes Park, the out and back course will see runners tackle a course that is also known to offer a fair chance of a PB. 2016 saw Matthew O’Connor take top place in the men’s competition, coming home in a speedy 32:53, while clubmate Jenny Latham took first with a PB of 36:27.
As ever, many of those competing will be raising funds for the Wakefield Hospice, a charity that provide care for people who have advanced active and life threatening illness. Event organiser Jamie Strachan told runABCNorth of the importance of the event to Wakefield Hospice: “The 10k is our biggest event of the year, and we are delighted so many people turn out to support the hospice, and the support the public show to those runners during the event."
Looking ahead to April, Jamie added: “The event wouldn’t be possible without the incredible support we receive from our team of volunteers, or our sponsors Richard Kendall Estate Agent and Beaumont Legal. Our entries are exceeding all records so far this year, and we are aiming to raise £58,000 from the event.”
Registration for the Wakefield 10K is priced at £22 (£20 for UKA). Entry is available here.