Lincoln became a blaze of colour on Sunday, as fun runners, club runners and charity fundraisers all came together to take on the City of Lincoln 10K.
Attracted by the opportunity to run through Lincoln’s historic and leafy streets, runners from across the region came to take part in the hugely popular road race.
Some came for a personal challenge, a few hoped to win and others simply aimed to get around the 10K course, but all helped make the City of Lincoln 10K a brilliant success, with thousands of pounds raised for many local and national charities.
Organised by Run For All, in partnership with Lincoln City Council, the day also played host to the Arena Group City of Lincoln Fun Run. Starting and finishing at Lincoln Cathedral, the event saw children and adults of all abilities take on a 3.5km course around the city centre.
The 10K kicked off at 10:00am, starting on Riseholme Road. The course took runners along Longsdales Road, Nettleham Road, Church Lane, New Port, Yarborough Crescent, Burton Road and Queen Elizabeth Road.
Runners then retracted their steps back along Riseholme Road, Longsdale Road and Nettleham Road before they made their way to Lincoln Cathedral for the big finish.
First across the finish line was wheelchair athlete Callum Hall, with the impressive time of 00:24:18 and first runner across the finish line was Lewis Jagger in a time of 00:30:32. Shane Robinson took second place with 00:30:52 and Cameron Dockerill came in third with 00:30:55.
Abbie Donnelly was the first woman across the finish line with 00:32:52 followed by Sophie Wallis who clocked 00:33:58 for second spot and Emma Hodson who took third with 00:35:46.
A team of 150 runners from the University of Lincoln joined the masses of runners taking part in today’s 10K, with the aim to raise awareness about sustainability. Runners’ goals on the day varied from those pushing for sub-40-minute times, to those running for fun, challenging themselves to make the distance.
Ian Hodson, Head of Reward at the University of Lincoln, said: “It is important to us at the University to be supporting the flagship events in our fabulous city and I am delighted that this year we have had the highest number of colleagues joining Team 10k.
“This year we have asked all our runners to support the University sustainability agenda and think green on the day in respect of how they travel to the event, using reusable water bottles and recycling where they can.”
Tristan Batley-Kyle, Operations Director at Run For All said: “The response to the City of Lincoln 10K and Arena Group City of Lincoln 10K never ceases to amaze us. 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.”
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our fantastic marshals, volunteers, spectators, sponsors and partners who helped to make the event an unforgettable experience for those taking part.
It was brilliant to see so many participants cross the finish line at today’s events and we look forward to our return to Lincoln in 2023.
Participants raised thousands of pounds for charity by taking part in the event, including the events partner charities; the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Sophie’s Journey and the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.
The City of Lincoln 10K is supported by City of Lincoln Council, High 5, Arla Protein, Up & Running, Water In A Box, Gopuff, Coopah, Marathon Photos Live, Shokz and BBC Radio Lincolnshire.