More than 450 runners blasted off into the distance at Leicester’s Big 10K battling the heat, race nerves and the course.
The race started at 9.30am on a very warm Sunday (17 July) that proved to be a lead in to the mini-heatwave affecting the UK at present. Runners followed a two-lap course that started and finished in Abbey Park, Leicester with prizes for the first three male and female finishers, winners in each age group and first male and female club team. There was also a prize for the winning corporate team.
This 10K is one of several races across the region organised by Tempo Events who are keen runners/triathletes/adventure racers with impressive pedigrees. They are eager to pass on their knowledge and experience and do so via their online coaching services.
Western Power Distribution, an electricity distribution provider serving the Midlands, Wales and the South West sponsored the race with Rainbows Hospice as the charity partner. The hospice provides care and support to children and teenagers with life-liming illnesses and the Leicester Big 10K is one of many events raising much-needed funds for this charity.
Christopher Gidlow of City of Stoke AC crossed the line in 34:48 followed by Matt Adcock of Hermitage Harriers in 35:04. Namir Batavia of Coventry Godiva Harriers took third place in 35:11.
Marie Atterbury of Anstey Ambers and Runners won the women’s race in 40:57. Charlie Austin of Wigston Phoenix came second in 41:58 with Lly Bridgwood taking third place in 42:24.
Carl Fairfield was the midpoint runner (229th) in 56:35.