It turned out to be a defining event for the Wakefield Hospice 10K on Sunday (3 April) as it celebrated its 21st staging with a field of 1649 runners. Local runners Matthew O’Connor and Jenny Latham took the spoils in their respective fields, while good causes proved to be a big winner too with an incredible £55,000 raised for Wakefield Hospice.
The 10k course saw runners leave from Thornes Park and on to Horbury Road. Wakefield District Harrier O’Connor, who recorded a blistering time of 15:39 at St. Andrew’s parkrun last month, maintained his lead throughout to finish in 32:53 – a sizeable PB for the 21-year-old. Joe Sagar followed in 33:00, with Alec Gibson in third (33:11).
In the women’s competition, O’Connor’s clubmate Jenny Latham also secured a PB on route to victory. The 28-year-old crossed the line in 36:27, with the Fayes, Lightowler and Beckett, following in 37:54 and 38:12 respectively. Helen Wainwright was midpoint in the field in 55:59, while the last runner came home in 1:58:19.
Event organiser Holli Kellett was delighted with the day’s proceedings and the massive amount raised for charity: “We are over the moon with the number of people who have entered in 2016. The money each and every one of these runners have raised will make a difference to a patient and their family here at Wakefield Hospice. For every £20 raised in sponsorship we are able to fund one hour of care – making a huge difference to someone living with an end of life diagnosis.”
Full results are available here.