Brownlee Centre Festival of Running Round Up

Competitors setting off

The inaugural Brownlee Centre Festival of Running, on Sunday 3rd March, saw over 250 runners compete across a multitude of distances on the University’s cycle circuit. Ranging from one mile right up to 20, we welcomed a wide variety of ages and abilities; some hunting PB’s or racking up long training miles for marathons, others competing for the very first time!

Sunny conditions in the morning made for PB’s aplenty in the 1 mile, 5k and 10k races. 14 staff and students from the University’s Couch to 5k group completed their 5k graduation run on the day, with Anna Thompson finishing as first lady in a time of 24.54! The rain set in in the afternoon but this did not dampen the spirits of our runners, or our marshals with plenty of dancing, singing and cheering going on until the last competitor crossed the line.


Andrew Lockwood, the race organiser said;

“The cycle circuit lends itself perfectly to safe, off-road multi-lap racing. We are really encouraged by the success of our first event and will be looking to build on this for our next one!”

Celebrating finishing the race

Particular thanks go out to our energetic, all-singing, all-dancing team of volunteers and to RaceBest for their professional race timing. All money raised from the event goes towards our international sport development project, Gryphons Abroad; which aims to change the lives of children and young people in South Africa through sport & physical activity.


1 Mile Winning Times5k Winning Times 10k Winning Times Half Marathon Winning Times 20 mile Winning Times
1st male – Richard Sutor, Chapel Allerton Runners, 5.431st male – Martin Roscoe, Leeds City AC, 18.591st male – Jamie Rutherford, Totley AC, 34.271st male – Mark Smith, Horsforth Harriers, 1.16.561st male – Tom Needham, Bingley Harriers, 2.09.15
1st female – Daphne Jacob, Abbey Runners, 7.371st female – Anna Thompson, 24.541st female – Rachel Lundgren, Hallamshire Harriers, 37.211st female – Jenny Wade, Skipton AC, 1.36.381st female – Helen Brant, Saltaire Striders, 2.53.41

Full results for each race can be found here:
1 mile:
Half Marathon:
20 mile:

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