Over 7000 runners were met with glorious sunshine on Sunday as they took part in the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K. The race, now in its 8th year, saw Nathaniel Williams secure top spot in a time of 31:43, with Pauline Munro successfully defending her title to finish first in the female competition in 35:34.
Sun Shines On Yorkshire Runners
The 10k, the flagship event of the Run for All Series, started near the Grand Theatre in Vicar Lane and headed down to The Calls, past City Square and the famous Black Prince statue, along Wellington Street and out along Kirkstall Road. It then looped back on itself, bringing runners to The Headrow where enthusiastic spectators cheered them across the finish line outside Leeds Town Hall.
Williams, followed up his victory at the recent Eccup 10 with another first place, finishing almost 40 seconds ahead of Jonathan Wills (32:24), with Ian Mitchell in third (32:29). In the women's field, Pauline Munro successfully defended her title with a convincing performance. The Wetherby runner finished nearly 2 minutes ahead of Emma Yates (38:23), with Karen Garvican rounding off the top trio (40:40).
Others to cross the line included over 60 teachers and students from Dewsbury’s Thornhill Community Academy – made famous on Channel 4’s award-winning 'Educating Yorkshire' television series - who ran in aid of Petal Cancer Research and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, which supports children’s and cancer charities.
BBC sports reporter and presenter George Riley clocked up more miles in his quest to complete 100 race miles in 2014 in aid of the Steve Prescott Foundation, established by the former Wigan, Hull and Wakefield Rugby League star who lost his battle with a rare form of cancer in November last year.
Event lead Charlie Tatman commented: “It has been a memorable day for all involved. A great turnout of runners and fantastic crowds combined to create a super atmosphere, which is the hallmark of the Leeds 10K. Well done to all who took part or turned out to watch – we really appreciate your support."
Full results are available at northernrunningguide.com.