Football manager returns home to kick start popular city run

Former England football manager Steve McClaren today blew the whistle to officially launch the 2014 Asda Foundation York 10K.

Entries are now open for the sixth annual running of the York 10K, which is organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All, and is expected to net tens of thousands of pounds for charity.

Hailed as one of the most beautiful city runs in the UK, around 6,000 people are expected to take part in this year’s event which takes place on August 3rd.

Starting at Knavesmire Road alongside York Racecourse, the route takes in some of the city’s most stunning scenery and historic landmarks including the magnificent Minster and Clifford’s Tower.

York-born Steve, now in charge at Derby County, said: “It’s an absolute pleasure to help launch this year’s York 10K.

“I would urge as many people as possible to sign up for this wonderful event. Those taking part get to run through such a great city and raise money for a charity of their choice – it really is a win-win situation.

“Jane Tomlinson was an inspirational figure and this event is a big part of her legacy. I hope lots of people are inspired to offer it their support.”

He was joined at the launch by representatives of the event’s partner charities – Brain Tumour Research and Support across Yorkshire, CLIC Sargent, Macmillan Cancer Support, Martin House Children’s Hospice, St Leonard’s Hospice, Sue Ryder, Candlelighters, Yorkshire Cancer Research, York Teaching Hospital Charity and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

Entrants can opt to raise money for a partner charity or another good cause of their choice.

The event also incorporates the Morrison Utility Services Corporate Challenge, in which hundreds of businessmen and women will compete to lift the title of York’s fastest firm. Trophies will be awarded based on the average time of the first three team members home.

Some of the biggest cheers on the day will be reserved for youngsters taking part in the FREE Arena Group York Mini and Junior Run, which also form part of the event.

Event lead Keith Taylor, of Run For All, said: “The York 10K is one of the highlights of our season. Runners, supporters and volunteers always turn out in force to make the run a big success and we are confident this year will be no exception.”

Julie Ward, Asda Foundation Manager, said: “We are proud to be once again supporting the York 10K. It is a marvellous event that does so much to raise funds that charities need to continue their vital work.”

Councillor Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism at York City Council, said: “In many respects the 10K is York at its best – thousands of people enjoying our beautiful city and taking part in a colourful, vibrant event to raise funds for local charities.

“All those taking part can be sure of a warm welcome and we wish them every success.”

The York 10K is supported by the Asda Foundation, the City of York Council, Morrison Utility Services, Minster FM, The York Press, Runner’s World and Run247.com.

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Andy Pierce, Events Manager at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We are delighted to be one of the official charities of the York 10K once again this year.  Supporting Yorkshire Cancer Research by taking part in these events is a great way to make a difference to help us to continue our work within the region helping Yorkshire people avoid, survive and cope with cancer.”

Fiona Chilton, Senior Events Manager at Sue Ryder, said: “We are so pleased that Sue Ryder is one of the official charity partners for the York 10K in 2014. We’re asking people to make this year incredible by signing up and raising money for Sue Ryder, in Yorkshire alone we run Wheatfields Hospice and Manorlands Hospice as well as Holme Hall neurological care centre. At some point in our lives we will all lose a loved one, Sue Ryder is there for patients and their families at this difficult time. You can either sign up for your own place or apply for one of our charity places. Can we count on your support?”

Caroline Hudson, Events Manager at Martin House, said: “Martin House is the local children’s hospice for the York area, offering care for children and young people with progressive, life-limiting illnesses and support to their families. We are delighted to be involved in the York 10K as a charity partner. The run is a wonderfully scenic one, through a beautiful city. The money raised from this event goes a long way to support over 65 children and their families in the North Yorkshire region alone through difficult times. Please sign up and join #Team Martin House in 2014.”

Joe McDermott, Challenge Events Programme Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “Macmillan Cancer Support is proud to be partner charity in the York 10K. Team Macmillan runners have raised over £260,600 since 2009, helping Macmillan to supply vital services to the 24 people in North and East Yorkshire who are diagnosed with cancer every day.”

Holli Kellett, Running Events Fundraising Manager for CLIC Sargent, said: “CLIC Sargent is extremely proud to be a partner for the York 10K for the second year running. As the leading UK cancer charity for children and young people we provide practical, clinical and emotional support to children with cancer and their families and help them get the most out of life. Everyday 10 children hear the shocking news ‘its cancer’ in Yorkshire alone last year we supported 470 families. But right now we can only support 2 out of 3 children diagnosed; run for us in the York 10K and help us get closer to helping each and every one of them and receive expert training and fundraising support from the moment you join the team.”

Rachel Wilson, General Manager of Brain Tumour Research and Support across Yorkshire, said: “Yorkshire’s leading brain tumour charity Brain Tumour Research and Support across Yorkshire (BTRS) are very pleased to be one of the charity partners for the York 10K for the first time this year. We are currently expanding our support services in to the York area to ensure those affected by brain tumours in York and the surrounding area receive any help that they need. BTRS staff and trustees would like to say good luck and a huge thank you to all those running for us this year.”

Sarah Tuckwell, Regional Fundraising Manager for Candlelighters, said: “Candlelighters is delighted to be an official charity partner of the York 10K for a second year following the great success of the 2013 event, which raised thousands to help fight children’s cancer in Yorkshire. When a child is diagnosed with cancer lives are turned upsidedown in an instant, join our team for the York 10K and help us make their lives more bearable. You can be sure of a warm welcome and support every step of the way. For more information please visit www.candlelighters.org.uk.”

Sarah Atkinson, Community Fundraiser for St Leonard’s Hospice, said: “Our York 10K runners provide a great example of how important such fundraising is for St Leonard’s. Each year we need to find around £4 million to run the Hospice’s care for local people with life-threatening illnesses and for their families – much of which comes from the inspirational efforts of people like our runners.  We are very grateful to them all! St Leonard's has great pleasure in being a partner charity in such a fantastic event, held in our home town.”

Lucy Lowthian, Fundraising Manager for the York Teaching Hospital Charity said, “The York Teaching Hospital Charity is so pleased to be a partner charity of the Jane Tomlinson York 10k. This is a fantastic York event that has a lot of local support and we are proud to be a part of it. We hope as many people as possible will sign up for this year’s event and choose to support our local charity.”

Jane Mooney, Fundraising Assistant for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, said: “The York 10K has grown over the last six years to be one of the most popular fundraising runs in the North. Once more we are lucky enough to have a large team of runners supporting the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and we’d like to say a big thank you to them. The money they raise will go to support children’s and cancer charities and their vital work across Yorkshire.”