Sunday 15 May saw the successful debut of the ASDA Foundation Nottingham 10K with more than 2,000 runners taking part, many of who were raising funds for local and national charities. In keeping with its sporting history, former England footballer Stuart Pearce was present at the official start of the race, along with the Lord Mayor, before joining the runners as they set off around a historic route.
This latest addition to the ASDA Foundation 10K Series had plenty to celebrate with a well-organised, attended and supported race that delivered on its promises. The route started and finished in Old Market Square and included various landmarks in between such as the Lace Market, Nottingham Castle and Victoria Embankment. Not forgetting the shadow of an ancient watering hole - Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, the oldest pub in Nottingham and supposedly, the UK.
A team of pacers were on hand to help runners achieve their target finishing times especially those looking to notch up a personal best (PB); though for others, it was just about completing the event. Whatever the motivation, every finisher received a striking looking medal with free engraving from the ASDA Foundation providing a final flourish to the day.
James Kershaw of Absolute Tri won the race in 32:35 with Kilian Jurrat taking second place in a time of 34:54. Ben Plummer of Charnwood AC was third in a time of 35:13. Joanne Matthews of Hermitage Harriers won the women’s race in a time of 42:27 followed by Catherine Jackson in 42:32. Beverley Armstrong of Mansfield Harriers was third in a time of 44:04.
Stuart Pearce finished the race in 1:16:19.
All proceeds from the 10K go to the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, the driving force behind this and other races in the series. However, other charities were also winners from this event, standing to receive thousands of pounds raised as a result.