Thousands of runners fell silent ahead of yesterday’s Leeds Half Marathon to remember murdered teacher Ann Maguire.
A minute’s silence was held in honour of Mrs Maguire, 61, who died after she was stabbed in the classroom of Corpus Christi Catholic College in Halton Moor nearly two weeks ago. It was a poignant start to the race which attracted runners from as far away as the US, India and Hong Kong.
They were joined by former Leeds United star Danny Mills, Leeds Rhinos legend Barrie McDermott and England rugby union coach Stuart Lancaster. Run For All’s Vicki Robinson said: “We felt it would only be appropriate to hold a minute’s silence before the event.
“Ann was a friend of Run For All and helped to volunteer at Leeds 10k and support the school team at Corpus Christi who often took part in junior runs.” The Lord Mayor of Leeds, councillor Tom Murray, set the runners on their way after spectators and athletes cheered following the poignant pause.
Coun Murray said: “It was a solemn moment at the start and it was very respectful.” First over the line was Tesfaye Debele who completed the course in just over one hour and eight minutes –three minutes ahead of the next runner.