Sunday (22 March) heralded the first edition of the new look City of Lincoln 10K, with more than 4000 runners taking part. The event, organised for the first time by the team behind the Jane Tomlinson Run For All series, saw local Tom Doe take first place in 31:05, with Carla Stansfield leading the female field home.
Crowds of enthusiastic spectators added to the spectacle as they cheered the participants making their way around the flat and attractive course, which took in some of Lincoln’s historic highlights including the cathedral and Roman walls.
Celebrating its 19th staging, runners were given their marching orders by Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Brent Charlesworth and fantastic fundraising pensioner Gladys Tingle, who celebrated her 84th birthday by power walking around the 10K course to raise money for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance.
It was the latest in a series of events Gladys has undertaken since turning 70-years-old to raise money for the service. Gladys, of Horncastle, whose grandson, Jason, also completed the run, said: “That was a very special way to spend my birthday.”
At the sharp end of proceedings, Lincoln Wellington AC’s Doe followed up his victory at this month’s Coventry Half with another superb display. He (31:05) finished ahead of Linton Taylor (31:18) and Shane Robinson (31:54).
In the women’s field, Carla Stansfield (36:13) was more than a minute ahead of second placed Katja Eravisto (37:19), with Laura Thomas closely following (37:23).
Asda Foundation manager Julie Ward said: “It was wonderful to see so many people, including lots of Asda colleagues, running through Lincoln’s historic streets to raise money for so many good causes. It’s clear Lincoln is a great addition to the Asda Foundation 10K series.”