Sunday (2 April) marked another successful staging for the team at Wakefield Hospice with their 10k drawing in a record 2,200 registrations with a further 400 children and families in the 1k Mini Run. In what was the 22nd annual Wakefield 10K, Joe Sagar ousted 2016 winner Matthew O’Connor, while Becky Rigby topped the female field.
Organised by the fundraising team at Wakefield Hospice, the event has been an invaluable source of support to the charity throughout the 10k’s history – £50,000 was raised last year. Taking place in Clarence Park Arena, Thornes Park, the out and back course is also known to offer runners a fair chance of a PB.
Spenborough AC’s Sagar, top at last month’s Epilepsy Action Bradford 10K, took first in an impressive 32:57, with Wakefield Harriers’ O’Connor second in 33:09. Clubmate Ben Butler rounded off the top trio of male performers in a time of 33:10.
The women weren’t far behind: Preston Harriers’ Becky Rigby secured first and seventh overall in 34:46, with 2016 champion Jenny Lyntham second (37:20) and Fiona Davis third (38:25). Prizes on the day were presented by Nick Miles, who plays Jimmy King in Emmerdale.
Event organiser Jamie Strachan said: “It was an incredible morning at the parks, and we were delighted to see so many people on the start line, all running to raise funds for Wakefield Hospice. We are humbled by the support of local people all taking on a challenge for this vital local charity."
Jamie added: “If you took part please do send us your sponsorship as soon as possible so that we can achieve this target for patient care in Wakefield. I am confident from the turnout, and the donations we have had so far that we will definitely exceed our £55,000 target, which is enough to fund the whole hospice for one week.”
Full results are available on our race listings page.