The Wakefield Hospice 10K celebrated its 20th staging on Sunday (29 March) with a record turnout completing the race. Organisers were delighted with the numbers considering the poor weather conditions, and are hopeful of raising £50,000 for the hospice.
Morley and Outwood MP Ed Balls and Emmerdale actress Michelle Hardwick, started the run from Thornes Park with runners then heading on to Horbury Road.
The race saw Ben Marriott set a PB and take first place in a time of 32:17, with Gareth Lowe second (32:36) and Adam Peers in third position (33:34). It was a Wakefield and District Harriers’ 1-2-3 in the female competition as Jenny Latham led the field home in 36:58, followed by Sarah Louise Cumber (38:22) and Faye Beckett (38:53).
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls dipped just under the one-hour mark, crossing the line in 59:48. Ed has written a short blog post about his experience in tackling the 10K; you can read this here.
Hospice fundraiser Danielle Norman commented: “We had 1,900 running, but had received 2,300 entrants, so the weather seemed to make some people stay away, but it was still by far the biggest turn out we’ve had in our 20 year history. This year is the 25th anniversary of the hospice and we encouraged people who had run before to join us once again. We’re hoping to have raised £50,000, which is enough to pay for the running of the entire hospice for about a week, which is fantastic.”
Results from the Wakefield Hospice 10K are available here.