Almost 5,000 participants completed yesterday's York 10K in what turned out to be the event's biggest turnout in its five year history. In an intriguing contest, Paralympian Wondiye Fikre Indeulbu, victorious at the Newton Aycliffe 10K in June, secured another top place finish in an impressive time of 31:14.
Indeulbu, who lost an eye and the lower part of his right arm in a hand-grenade attack in his home-town in Ethiopia, finished almost a minute ahead of second-placed Ian Mitchell. The Middlesbrough-based runner, who became Ethiopia's first ever Paralympic medallist last year, has been seeking asylum since his participation in London.
The Ethiopian's profile has risen considerably since his remarkable performance in Aycliffe; with 4k left, the Ethiopian's lace became loose, and, unable to tie it with one hand, completed the closing part with one shoe. Following Indeulbu into second place was Ian Mitchell in 32:13, with Leeds City AC's Dean Jerome in third position (33:58).
In the women's competition, Pauline Munro followed up her victory at last month's Leeds 10K with another first place finish, leading the field home in 35:22. Former York 10K winner Emma Yates followed (38:15), with Nicky Green rounding off the top trio of female performers in 38:42. The mid-point competitor was Lloyd Degler in 58:11, with the last runner home in 2:18:49.
The run was officially started by BBC Radio 5 Live's Eleanor Oldroyd, Harry Gration and the Lord Mayor of York, Julie Gunnell. Known as the UK's 'most beautiful 10k city run', the picturesque course started and finished in Knavesmire and took runners through some of York's most iconic sights including York Minster, Clifford's Tower and the Shambles.
The event is the fourth and final instalment in the popular 10k series organised by the Jane Tomlinson Run for All team. Event Lead Charlie Tatman was quick to praise everyone who was involved: "This year's York 10K has been another huge success thanks to the vital support from all those who took part, volunteered, provided the entertainment or came along to cheer on our participants. I hope everyone had a brilliant time. Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen."