The promise of a gold medal at the finish line of the Jane Tomlinson York 10k seems to have had the desired effect with over 4,000 runners taking part in Sunday's event. This year's race incorporated a 'Run for Gold' element, which encouraged runners to set personal target of hitting the 10k mark, setting a PB, or raising a specified amount for charity in return for a gold medal at the finish line.
With runners given their starting orders by World Cup final referee Howard Webb, Birchfield Harriers' Ben Livesey went on to secure a convincing victory with a time of 30:49, finishing almost two minutes ahead of Wakefield's Paul Lockwood (32:28) in second place. Ewan Brown took the final podium position in 34:00.
In the women's competition, York Knavesmire Harriers' Emma Yates was first home in 37:55, with Lisa Guscott-Trout second (38:19), and Sophie Dickson third (39:54). The mid-point runner was Andrew Hodgson in a time of 1:01:42 (gun time), with the last competitor making it over the finish line in a shade over two hours.
Jane Tomlinson's husband Mike said Sunday's race was of particular significance as his wife had campaigned for the Games to be held in the UK. Speaking after the event, he commented: "It was brilliant and once again the atmosphere really contributed to a fantastic event. This year was all about setting a personal target - whether that be a personal best or some target to achieve. Only a very select few can be Olympic athletes but we can all set ourselves goals to accomplish and give it a go."