An Ethiopian teenager, Tesfaye Debele, has won the annual Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k race. He knocked 24 seconds off the record. Despite the windy conditions, Tesfaye crossed the line in 31 minutes and two seconds.
“I am very happy to have won,” he said. “I was hoping to finish in under 30 minutes, but the wind made conditions difficult.”
Tesfaye, 19, is a member of Bradford Airedale Athletic Club. Stephen Wolstenholme, his coach at the club said: “He set out to break the record and he obviously paced it really well.” Tesfaye led the race from start to finish.
Second place was taken by 38 year-old Stephen Broadbent of Saltaire, UK. Stephen has run the Bradford 10k three times, and this was his highest finishing position so far.
The first woman to finish was Jo Hall, of West Lothian, Scotland. The 25-year-old, who is originally from Barnsley, UK, finished in 39 minutes and 38 seconds, and said: “It was good, but it was so hard – it was windy and hilly.”
Dean Jerome, 17, of Leeds, UK, came third. The oldest runner was aged 76. The youngest was 15.
Over 800 runners took part in the 6.2 mile course, which takes in the sights of Bradford City Centre, and the surrounding countryside. The race raises around £45,000 to support people with epilepsy.
Next year’s event will take place on March 16 2014.