The Asda Foundation Leeds 10K lived up to its status as the flagship race of the Jane Tomlinson Run For All Series on Sunday (12 July) with more than 7,200 runners taking part. In what was the ninth staging of the race, Kevin Loundes secured a fairly comfortable victory in 31:33, with Leila Armoush was the leading female.
Popular Leeds sporting star Josh Warrington, the European featherweight champion, helped get the race underway before joining the bumper field that included inspirational fundraiser Kate Granger who, despite battling incurable cancer, finished the event in 1:39:19.
Other recognisable figures included Michelle Hardwick – Vanessa Woodfield in ITV’s Emmerdale – who successfully completed her first 10k in a time of 60:23, and Thornhill Community Academy English teacher Matthew Burton, of Channel 4’s Educating Yorkshire fame, who raced home in 56:11.
The 10K route, modified in 2013 for a faster and flatter course, started at the top of the Vicar Lane, opposite the Grand Arcade, and took competitors towards Call Lane and Sovereign Street, along Wellington Street and out along Kirkstall Road. Runners then returned into town back along Kirkstall Road and continue into the city to finish outside Leeds Town Hall on The Headrow.
Loundes finished 20 seconds ahead of Jamil Parapia (31:53), with Phillip Tedd in third position (32:31). In the women’s competition, Leila Armoush secured victory in 37:01, with Fiona Davies second (37:28) and Claire Steels third 37:55.
Miriam Pedersen, event lead with Run For All, organiser of the event, said: “We are extremely grateful to everyone who supported today’s Asda Foundation Leeds 10K and made it such a success.”
The event has become known for its incredible contributions to charity, with over £2.5 million raised since it was first held in 2007.