Leeds 10K

Records Smashed In Leeds

It was a fast day for running at the weekend's Leeds 10K...

Thousands of participants, spectators, and volunteers united on Sunday (23 June) to take part in one the region’s most popular running events, the Leeds 10K. The day featured competitive elite races involving many international and regional leading athletes in the 10K distance.

In the men’s race, Timothy Kibet Kosgei set the all the time Run For All 10K course record, crossing the finish line in an incredible time of 29:01. The previous Run For All 10K course record was set by Lucian Allison in 2019 at the City of Lincoln 10K, who crossed the finish line in a time of 29:29. Kosgei also smashed the Leeds 10K course record, taking one minute 41 seconds off the record set by Tesfaye Debele in 2013.

Runner up Josephat Joshua Gisemo crossed the finish just two seconds later, in a time of 29:03. While Jack Cummings crossed the finish line in third place in a time of 30:24.

In the female race, Heather Townsend took to the finish line in a soaring time of 33:41, taking 21 seconds off the Leeds 10K Female course record set in 2023 also set by Townsend. Heather was pushed all the way by runner up Georgia Malir who crossed the finish line in a time of 34:37. Sarah Hunter took third place in a time of 35:55.

In a spectacle of colour and excitement, local communities across the city came out in full force to show their support. From spectators lining the streets to volunteers and entertainment groups Rock Choir and Lucy’s Pop Choir, the city of Leeds enjoyed a carnival atmosphere throughout the morning.

Run For All's Tristan Batley-Kyle said: “A huge well done and thank you to all participants who joined us for one of our flagship running events, the Leeds 10K. With the addition of the Leeds Mini and Juniors, it has been a fantastic day of running and fundraising for all abilities and ages.

“The enthusiasm and support from everyone involved, from the participants to the many spectators, sponsors, partners and volunteers, all ensured the day was a great success.”

Entries are now open for the 2025 Leeds 10K, which will be staged on Sunday 15 June. You can find out more at the Run For All website.

Image: Run For All

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