Thousands of runners showed their mettle in the steel city yesterday when they completed the Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K.
Building on the success of last year’s debut event, the run attracted a large field and large crowds helped create an electric atmosphere as they cheered the runners along the course.
Starting in Arundel Gate in the heart of the city, the route took runners on a journey along Charter Row and Ecclesall Road, before skirting the edges of Endcliffe Park.
It continued along Riverdale Road, along Endcliffe Vale Road, close to the Botanical Gardens, then down Brocco Bank and back to a thrilling city centre finish.
First across the finish line was Liam Rabjohn in a time of 33:15, with Jordan Bell second in 33:20 and Matthew Hobbs clocked 33:24 to take third place.
Rebecca Robinson was the first woman home in 35:39, ahead of Jenny Murray in second in 38:30 and Tara Spillings who finished third in 40:43.
The Sheffield 10K is set to generate a major boost for charity, with many participants raising money for a good cause of their own choice or for one of the 10K’s official partner charities: youth housing charity Roundabout, Snowdrop Project, Macmillan Cancer Support, Brain Tumour Research and Support, Sheffield Hospitals Charity, St Luke’s Hospice, Cavendish Cancer Care, Sheffield Mencap & Gateway, The Children’s Hospital Charity and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
And there was a race within a race as companies and organisations from across the region battled it out for the title of fastest team in the race in the Sheffield 10K Corporate Challenge. The results will be announced shortly.
Also popular was the Arena Group Sheffield Family Fun Run, which took place straight after the 10K and was free for children aged 3-14. The official partner charity of the run was Amy’s House, which supports and cares for children with special needs and their families.
Adrian Fitzpatrick, Managing Director of the Arena Group, said: “Well done to all the youngsters and their families who took part in the fun run, which we were delighted to support. It’s a great way of introducing children to running events and encouraging them to support good causes. Seeing the joy in the children’s faces as they cross the finish line is wonderful.”
Staged in partnership with Sheffield City Council, the Sheffield 10K is a key event in the hugely successful Asda Foundation 10K series, which includes runs in Leeds, York, Lincoln, Leicester, King’s Lynn, Burnley, Nottingham, Bury and Hull.
An Asda Foundation representative said: “What a fantastic sight to see thousands of people running through the UK’s city of sport, many of them fundraising for some excellent causes.
“The event built brilliantly on the success of last year’s debut run and I’m sure lots of people are already looking forward to next year.”
The series is organised by Run For All – the not-for-profit company behind the successful Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield – and forms part of the legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson, who raised nearly £2m for charity by tackling a string of endurance challenges despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
Lynne Preston, Run For All Event Manager, said: “We are enormously grateful to everyone who contributed to the success of today’s run, especially all the volunteers who worked so hard to ensure the runners had a good day.”
The run was part of a super Sunday of sport, which also saw Sheffield Wednesday take on Sheffield United for the first time in over five years.
The Sheffield 10K is supported by the Asda Foundation, Sheffield City Council, Welcome to Sheffield, Hallam FM, Up & Running, AfterShokz, Viisana, Arla Protein and Fitness Unlimited.