The impact and lasting legacy of Jane Tomlinson was keenly felt in Leeds on Sunday (10 July) as more than 6700 runners turned out for the event the inspirational fundraiser launched in 2007. Since then, the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K has raised a remarkable £2m for charity, and with the 10k firmly entrenched in the city’s sporting make-up, the figure will rise for many years to come.
The 10k, modified in 2013 for a faster and flatter course, saw runners start at the top of the Vicar Lane, opposite the Grand Arcade, and move towards Call Lane and Sovereign Street, along Wellington Street and out along Kirkstall Road. Participants then returned into town back along Kirkstall Road and continued into the city to finish outside Leeds Town Hall on The Headrow.
Among those to finish were former Leeds Rhinos skipper Kevin Sinfield – who was taking part in his first organised road race after retiring from professional rugby – and Emmerdale actor Michelle Hardwick. Nell McAndrew, who took part in the first ever event and is a patron of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, secured fifth place in the female field in 41:03.
Leeds City’s Jamil Parapia ensured top billing would stay within Yorkshire as he was first to cross the line in 31:51, with Ian Mitchell second (32:39) and Phillip Tedd third (32:48). Hannah Oldroyd put in a fine performance to finish first in the female field in 36:54, with Beth Garland second (38:27) and Nicky Steel third (40:25).
Julie Ward, Asda Foundation senior manager, commented on the significance of the occasion: “It was truly wonderful to see so many people turn out for this special anniversary run. Everyone involved in whatever capacity has contributed to a memorable day which will support the work of some excellent causes.”