Legal firm Appleyard Lees were crowned the speed kings of the Leeds business community after setting the quickest time at the Clarion Leeds 10K Corporate Challenge. The challenge has become a popular feature of the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K, with over 850 runners signing up for last month’s event - the highest turnout to date.
After taking second place last year, Appleyard Lees secured the title in a combined time of 1:58:25 - an average of 39:28 for the firm’s first three runners. BBC Leeds and solicitors Squire Patton Boggs were joint second, both clocking a combined time of 2:01:53.
Clarion's Roger Hutton said: “The Leeds 10K is a fantastic event and one which we at Clarion are extremely proud to be associated with through the corporate challenge. Leeds businesses certainly embraced the challenge and it was excellent to see so many companies turning out on the day. Congratulations to all involved and well done to Appleyard Lees for going one better than last year to win the event.”
July’s event saw more than 7,200 runners compete in what was its ninth staging. Kevin Loundes secured a fairly comfortable victory in 31:33, with Leila Armoush leading the female field home in 37:01. The 10k has become known for its incredible contributions to charity, with over £2.5 million raised since it was first held in 2007.