6 Jul

Paula Takes On The Leeds 10K

Paula with Daughter, Isla

British running legend Paula Radcliffe MBE joined thousands of runners in this year's Jane Tomlinson's Leeds 10K - finishing the last 100m with three-year-old daughter Isla.

Paula, who is expecting her second child in September, joined the start line alongside a host of celebrities including Nell McAndrew, actress Gemma Atkinson, actor Dean Andrews, and Ememrdale stars Chris Chittel, Lyndon Ogbourne and Mathew Wolfenden.

Thousands of spectators lined the streets of Leeds to cheer on Paula and the 7,000 others running, jogging, wheeling and walking the fourth Leeds 10K to support scores of charities and good causes.

This year the Leeds 10K was also filmed for a special hour-long programme to be shown on Channel Five at 10am on Saturday July 10th.
Paula, 36, who recently became named patron of Jane Tomlinson Appeal, finished in 45mins 35seconds. She said, "It's great that Jane's legacy continues and she would have been so proud of today. It was a fantastic occasion and I had a lot of fun and we have to say thank you to all of the people who turned out today.

"I run every day and it felt good today, I was not concerned about running a time, it was about enjoying the day. There were people cheering all the way round, the atmosphere was great."

The first male across the finish line was David Cowlishaw in 33:04. The female winner was Lois Rosindale in 37:47 and the wheelchair elite race was won by James Gaskin in 39:11. Nicola Fox finished things off in 2:07:54 and the mid point runner was Paul Thompson with a time of 1:06:13.
Since the Leeds 10K was launched by the late Jane Tomlinson and her family in 2007 to stand as her fundraising legacy more than £2 million has been raised in total for all the charities supported by those who take part.

Mike Tomlinson said: "Suzanne, Rebecca, Steven and I are delighted that Paula is a patron of the charity and it was wonderful that she was able to be here with us today. I know that Jane would have been thrilled. We are always so touched by the support and enthusiasm of everyone who gets involved. We would like to thank everyone - runners, supporters and the hundreds of volunteers who have helped make the fourth Leeds 10K happen and who enable us to keep Jane's fundraising legacy alive".

The 2011 Jane Tomlinson's Leeds 10K takes place on Sunday June 19th. To pre-register email leeds2011@runforall.com
Entries are also available for the 2010 Jane Tomlinson's York 10K which takes place on Sunday August 1st. Enter online at www.runforall.com.