A record entry level of over 2,000 runners ensured that the 10th anniversary of the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10K was a resounding success. Sunday’s (19 March) race brought rain, sunshine and heavy winds but the field, buoyed and filled with determination in their fundraising pursuit for the charity, was undeterred.
Epilepsy Action's very own 10k, the event has raised in excess of £310,000 to help improve the lives of everyone affected by epilepsy. The funds raised go directly to supporting the 600,000 people with epilepsy in the UK, 50,000 of which live in the Yorkshire and Humber area.
The 10k has been designed to take runners through the heart of Bradford and is highly rated for its organisation and PB potential – although conditions on Sunday meant this proved to be a little more difficult. Joe Sagar replicated his 2016 success with victory in 33:13, while Sam Clegg (33:32) found himself trailing Sagar for the second consecutive year.
Wakefield Harriers’ Jen Walsh secured top place in the female competition with a winning time of 36:28, placing her 13th overall. Walsh, who was more than two minutes ahead of Emma Raven (38:35), her closest competitor, said of Sunday’s weather: “I have never ran a run as windy as that before. There was a lot of support from people during the course, especially when people knew I was the first woman to finish.”
The record entry levels will represent a massive boost to the charity, as Carl Foster, fundraising events officer at Epilepsy Action, detailed: “The people of Bradford have always been hugely supportive of this event. A record 2,000 runners signed up, making this 10th race our biggest yet. It’s been a fantastic morning with so many people out enjoying the race and supporting people with epilepsy.”
Full results are available here.