The latest event in the Run For All portfolio brought with it all that is renowned with the popular race series as over 3,200 runners, many of whom were raising money for charity, made their way to Arundel Gate in Sheffield to be cheered on by enthusiastic supporters.
Sunday’s (30 October) Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K, organised in partnership with Sheffield City Council, saw the bumper field embark on a journey along Charter Row and Ecclesall Road, before skirting the edges of Endcliffe Park. The course then continued along Riverdale Road, close to the Botanical Gardens, then down Brocco Bank before heading back for a thrilling city centre finish.
A number of recognisable faces were present on the day: Ray Matthews, having recently shot to stardom for completing 75 marathons in 75 days at the age of 75, allowed himself a breather to complete just 10k, while Denise Fox, the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, completed part of the course with Sheffield’s famous pram man, John Burkill, who is nearing the end of his 1,000th charity run for Macmillan Cancer Support.
On the race front, all three of the leading men posted sub 33 minute performances; Danny Collinge took first in 32:28, with Liam Rabjohn second (32:52) and Stuart Grange third (32:54). Pauline Munro secured the first ever female title in 37:52, with Emily Carr (39:23) and Zoe Gmerek (40:28) her closest competitors.
Run For All events manager Lynne Preston was quick to congratulate all those who had made the day a success: ‘’A huge thank you to everyone who helped make today’s debut Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K such a success, especially all the volunteers who gave up their time to make sure our runners had a fantastic day. A big thank you also to the city of Sheffield for turning out in force to support our runners – you gave them all the encouragement they could need.’’