Midlands charities were the real winners in the Asda Foundation City of Lincoln 10K. They benefit from thousands of pounds raised on their behalf. What better way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of the UK’s oldest events.
Thousands of runners tackled a fast, flattish course around the city that finished near the magnificent Lincoln Cathedral. Clapped and cheered every step of the way by enthusiastic crowds who generated a carnival atmosphere throughout the entire race.
Runners took part for their own individual reasons but one participant epitomised the meaning of the word ‘challenge’ by being the oldest lady to complete the race. 85-year-old Gladys Tingle of Horncastle power walked her way around to raise money for Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance Service, her chosen charity since she turned 70. She has completed several half marathons and two full marathons since then, raising more than £12,000 in total. Her grandson and granddaughter accompanied her in this year’s race.
At the front end of the field, Matthew Bowser of Lincoln Wellington AC was the men’s winner in a time of 30:28. Teammate Shane Robinson took second place in 31:09 with Tom Straw also of Lincoln Wellington AC third in 31:10.
In the women’s race, Rachael Burns of Liverpool Harriers & AC was first home in 34:46. Joanne Goodier of Doncaster AC was second in 37:19 with Jenny Blizzard of Rotherham Harriers & AC, third in 37:28.
This highly successful event raised more than £100,000 for charities.
Entries are now open for the 2017 Asda Foundation City of Lincoln 10K at the Run for All website
Photo courtesy of Mike Bickerdike.