Runners bring home boost for charity at ASDA Foundation York 10K

The city was transformed into a sea of colour with participants coming from across the UK and beyond to take part.

Event Lead Charlie Tatman said: “This year’s York 10K has been another huge success thanks to the vital support from all those who took part, volunteered, provided the entertainment or came along to cheer on our participants.   

“I hope everyone had a brilliant time. Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen.”   

The winner of today’s event was Wondiye Fikre Indelbu with a time of 31 mins 16 secs. The second male home was Leeds 10K runner-up Ian Mitchell in 32 mins and 16 secs, followed by Dean Jerome in third place with 34 mins flat.

The first woman to cross the finish was Pauline Munro in a time of 35 mins and 24 secs  - coming in seventh overall. It was the second victory for Pauline in just three weeks; she also came home first at the Leeds 10K in July. Second home for the women was former York 10K winner Emma Yates who finished in 38 mins and 18 secs, while Nicky Green came third in 38 mins 47 secs.   

The first wheelchair athlete was Bret Crossley, from Rothwell, Leeds, who took the winner’s honours for the fourth time, finishing in just under 30 mins.    
Among today’s runners were several familiar faces, including BBC Sports presenter Eleanor Oldroyd, tackling her first 10K. Inspired by the late Jane Tomlinson, Eleanor was raising money for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and to date has raised more than £1,000.   

Eleanor, who notched up an impressive first time of 1 hour 12 mins, said: “It was such an amazing feeling. Just a few months ago I never thought I would be able to do something like this. But that’s exactly what Jane’s legacy and Run For All is all about. It’s just the best feeling crossing that line.”   

York’s own Harry Gration – anchorman of the region’s flagship BBC Look North programme – also took part. Harry, who is in training for The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon crossed the line in 1 hour 6 mins.   

He said: “I just love the York 10K. I do it every year. It’s great for the city love this event. It's great for York and it's great for the legacy of Jane Tomlinson, who was just remarkable.”   

Also in the running at today’s event was devoted dad Mike Francis ran the York 10K as a tribute to his son Guy who died in 2002 aged just 23. Mike of Acomb, York, was raising funds to support the Guy Francis Research Fund which aims to help other bone cancer sufferers.   

The run was officially started by Eleanor Oldroyd, Harry Gration and the Lord Mayor of York, Coun Julie Gunnell.    
The event started in the Knavesmire and its picturesque route took runners past the city’s most famous sights including York Minster, the city walls and landmarks like Clifford's Tower and the Shambles, before returning for the grand finale back on the Knavesmire.   

The York 10K is sponsored by the Asda Foundation, Morrison Utility Services, York City Council, BBC Radio York, The York Press and Lucozade.   

Asda IPL director Nick Scrase, who also ran the event in 45 mins and 20 secs, said: “The York 10K is such a great feel-good event which not only encourages people to get out there and get active, but also to raise funds for a charity of their choice.   

“It’s always great on race day to see the whole city come alive. And it is particularly heart-warming to see all those people with their charity T-shirts, showing just what cause they are supporting.”   

As well as supporting the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, other charities to benefit from the final Run For All 10K of the 2013 season will be  Macmillan Cancer Support, Martin House Children’s Hospice, Sue Ryder, Candlelighters, St Leonard’s Hospice, Yorkshire Cancer Research, York Teaching Hospital Charity, Brain Tumour Research and Support across Yorkshire and Clic Sargent.   

Sunday’s event also includes the Morrison Utility Services York 10K Corporate Challenge in which around 250 businessmen and women vied to have their team crowned the fastest.    
Among the corporate challenge entrants was a 25-strong team from Enterprise Rent-A-Car who were raising money for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.   

Brian Waligora, Vice President and General Manager for the North England Region at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, said:  “We’re proud to have been involved with the event for a second year running. It’s something that is supported wholeheartedly by our employees and is part of a wider company programme to make a positive impact in the communities where we operate.   

“We had more than 20 runners take part this year and I would like to thank them all for their fundraising and for helping to make the event a success.”   

Other entrants included: Plusnet, Altodigital, Garbutt & Elliott, York Press, BBC Radio York, Shepherd Group Built Environment, Hassra, CPP Group, Unibus Travel and Transport, Bensons for Beds and Morrison themselves.    
John Edwards, Morrison Utility Services Contract Director, said:  “We are delighted to continue our association with the York 10K for the fifth year. It is a fantastic event which raises significant and much-needed funds for a broad range of charities, both locally and nationally.   

“We have been involved since the first race in 2009, and we have been delighted to see more and more companies taking part each year. The enthusiasm of the teams and sense of achievement at the end of the race makes the event really special.”   

And around 500 children took part in their own running event – the Arena Group York 10K Mini and Junior Run. Thanks to the generous continued sponsorship of the Arena Group every child is able to run for free.   

One mini participant Kai Armitage, three, from Clifton, York, melted the hearts of the crowd by taking part in the event using his walking frame. Kai, who has cerebral palsy, was cheered every last inch of the way by well-wishers who erupted into applause and he crossed the line.   

Adrian Fitzpatrick, managing director of Arena Group, said: “We were thrilled to be once again supporting the Arena Group York Junior and Mini Run, allowing every child to take part for free.     

“It’s such a heart-warming event that not only encourages young people to get involved in sport and physical activity – but also instils in them the idea of supporting charity from an early age.   

“It’s very fitting that this year’s chosen cause is the children’s ward at York Hospital and we hope that the hospital receives a great boost from the event.”   

Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Julie Gunnell, said: “The whole city looks forward to the York 10K every year. To see more than 5,000 runners take to the streets is quite a sight. It’s also very heart-warming to know that many of them were running to raise funds for charity.”   

Meanwhile, runners are being offered the chance to really go the distance in 2014 with the launch of Run For All’s hugely-popular season ticket offers which are on sale now.    

  • The Yorkshire Season Ticket gives entry to 3 Asda Foundation Yorkshire 10Ks – Leeds, York and Hull – for the price of 2, at just £65    
  • The 10K Series Season Ticket adds the Asda Foundation Pennine Lancashire 10K to the mix for just £10 more, at just £70    
  • The Ultimate Season Ticket also includes a guaranteed place in the sell-out Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon for 2014; all 5 runs can be yours for £120

Click here for more details.