Over 7,000 runners made their way to Vicar Lane on Sunday (9 June) to compete in one of the most memorable Asda Foundation Leeds 10Ks to date. Part of the legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson CBE, the event has raised over £4m during its 11 year history, and, with many of Sunday’s field taking part for charity, this figure will rise significantly in the days to come.
Sunday’s route saw runners start at the top of a sun-kissed Vicar Lane, opposite the Grand Arcade, and move towards Call Lane and Sovereign Street, along Wellington Street and out along Kirkstall Road. Participants returned into town back along Kirkstall Road and continue into the city to finish outside Leeds Town Hall on The Headrow.
Among those taking part were Leeds Rhinos legends Jamie Peacock and Barrie McDermott, Emmerdale actress Michelle Hardwick, former Leeds United and England defender Danny Mills, and Sky Sports presenter Bryn Law. It was an emotional day for Lizzie Jones, the widow of rugby league player Danny Jones, who died after suffering a cardiac arrest during a game. Lizzie completed the race to raise money for The Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund.
At the front of the field, Valley Striders’ John Hobbs, first at last month’s Pudsey 10K, put in a fine performance to claim top spot ahead of Callum Elson (32:46) of Roundhay Runners and Joe Sagar (33:05). Roundhay Runners’ Susan Lewis secured first in the female field in 38:52, with Rachel Hawker (39:18) and Leila Armoush (39:24) second and third respectively.
A new British record – awaiting official ratification – was set in the Women’s Wheelchair T54 category by GB Paralympian Jade Jones, who, with a winning time of 23:11, also set a course record and PB. Jones finished ahead of Leeds-born Callum Hall in 23:08, with Bret Crossley in third place with 23:13.
Lynne Preston, event manager at organisers Run For All, said: “Many people work hard to make the Asda Foundation the success it is. I would like to thank in particular the many volunteers whose efforts ensure the runners have an enjoyable and safe race. We are very grateful to them.”
Results are available on our race listings page.