Just two years old and the Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K can start thinking of itself as a mainstay on the circuit with close to 4000 runners competing on Sunday (24 September). If Sunday’s race is anything to go by it can look forward to plenty more thrilling finishes too, with just nine seconds separating the top three competitors.
Starting in Arundel Gate in the heart of the city, the route took runners on a journey along Charter Row and Ecclesall Road, before skirting the edges of Endcliffe Park. The course continued along Riverdale Road, along Endcliffe Vale Road, close to the Botanical Gardens, then down Brocco Bank and back to a thrilling city centre finish.
Liam Rabjohn, winner at the Asda Foundation York 10K, bagged another Run For All title with victory in 33:15, just five seconds ahead of Blackhill Bounders’ Jordan Bell. Hallamshire Harriers’ Matthew Hobbs was a further four seconds behind in third (33:24).
Kendal’s Rebecca Robinson was a convincing winner in the female race, coming home in 35:39, a time that also gave her 14th overall. Jenny Murray took second in 38:30, while Tara Spillings finished third in 40:43. John Francos was the midplaced runner in 1:01:02.
As with the other races in the Run For All series, the event looks set to generate a major boost for charity, with many participants raising money for a good cause of their own choice or for one of the 10K’s official partner charities.
Lynne Preston, Run For All Event Manager, was quick to praise everyone who had contributed to the 10k’s second staging: “We are enormously grateful to everyone who contributed to the success of today’s run, especially all the volunteers who worked so hard to ensure the runners had a good day.”