Let's Hear It For Leeds!
Sun shines on Leeds as thousands cross the finish at the city's 10K...
The city of Leeds came alive at the weekend as thousands of fun-runners, fundraisers and club runners came together to take part in the city’s best loved 10K charity road run, the Leeds 10K. Records were also broken as Heather Townsend crossed the line in the fastest time for a female at the event!
A huge standout moment of the day saw Rob Burrow MBE, wife Lindsey and children Macy, Maya and Jackson joined by groups of families, schools and friends at the Arena Group Leeds Mini and Junior run. The event, which fittingly coincided with Father’s Day, saw Rob take his truly deserved lap of honour following on from the success of the inaugural Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon.
The hugely popular 10K has been a firm favourite in the city’s event calendar for the last 16 years. Started by Jane Tomlinson in 2007, the Leeds 10K was her lasting legacy event. Having raised £1.8 million for charity while she was battling terminal cancer, in 2006 Jane knew her time left to fundraise was limited. As a result, Jane decided to set up the Leeds 10K to continue the fundraising vehicle for charities that she had started.
The day saw all corners of the city come out to show their support, from running clubs, spectators, volunteers, schools and universities. First male across the finish line was Benjamin Douglas in a time of 32:05. Brogan Mccawley took second place in 32:12 with Tom Dart in third in 32:34.
With a record-breaking time of 34:02, Heather Townsend took first place in the women's race. Heather was followed by Sarah Hunter who clocked 35:50 for second place and Sarah Kemshall who took third in 36:12.
Tristan Batley-Kyle of Run For All, said: “We want to say a huge well done and thank you to all runners who joined us today. With the addition of the Arena Group Leeds Mini and Junior events and Team Challenge, it has been a fantastic day of running and fundraising for all those involved.
“It was an honour to have Rob Burrow MBE and his family join us at the start line. Following on from the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon last month, Rob has opened the doors to mass participation, inspiring participants of all abilities to take on their own sporting challenge.
“The enthusiasm and support from everyone involved, from the participants themselves to the many spectators, sponsors, partners and volunteers, all ensured the day was a fantastic success.”
Entries for next year’s Leeds 10K, taking place on 23 June are now open, find out more here.
Image: Run For All