Now in its 19th year, the Lincoln 10k has been taken over by not-for-profit events company Run For All as part of the Asda Foundation 10k series, a team set up originally by amateur athlete and fundraiser Jane Tomlinson CBE. To anyone who hasn’t already heard of Run For All, they host a variety of large-scale events across the UK including the Leeds and Yorkshire Half marathons and a number of 10k races across the region. So we knew one of our favourite races would be in good hands.
Although put on by Run For All this year, the route remains the same as previous events with the entirety of the race taking place around the streets north of Lincoln Cathedral, the only difference being the finish area which, due to refurbishment, wasn’t held in the castle grounds. But, ho-hum.
As if often the case with city based races the route steers clear of the busy town centre and takes place around some of the quieter suburban streets. Done anywhere else this may feel like a bit of a cop-out, especially considering people have travelled from all over the country to take part, however when you’re backdrop is one of the UK’s most revered cathedrals as well as some of the most historic streets in the region, you realise why the location was chosen.
Lincoln triathlete Andrew Stevens explains the how he found the race and why he continues to go back every year.
“The weather on the morning was perfect, the sun was out, the skies were clear of cloud and their was barely any wind. Having set myself the target of running a sub 40 for the race I felt confident that this was the day to do it.
After a pre race breakfast of porridge, a banana, a cup of coffee and a pint of water, I made my way to the start line. With over 4200 runners eager to get going, the atmosphere was charged with excitement. All around the main street were spectators shouting encouragement and cheering. There was a lot of cheering.
My original plan was to run below 4 minute kilometres and keep going as long as I could. My first km however was 3.34, far higher than I needed to hit my goal. I knew that if I managed to maintain a pace even close to this I would hit by target easily, but at that speed there was a risk I may slow down. Luckily my plan worked and I had just more than enough in the tank to gain my first sub 40. My official time was 38:47, a result I’m more than a little bit pleased with and something I will struggle to beat in future.
The Lincoln course is all on closed roads and there are spectators all the way round the course. Although the course is widely viewed as being flat, there is a slight gradient near the start line which, if you’re not prepared, can creep up on you, especially considering you have to do it twice. The best thing about the race however is the crowds, Lincolners come out in droves for what is one of the biggest events in the City’s calendar. Everyone is smiling and fully get behind the runners as they make their way through the streets. It’s a great place to get a PB”
One of the most popular races in the Lincolnshire region, the Asda Foundation Lincoln 10k continues to deliver under the Run For All team, offering a fast course as well as excellent organisation. And although we may be biassed (we’re from there), there are few city races that end in front of “the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles”, according to John Ruskin.
Picture Credits: Simon Dewhurst.