Thousands all ready to take on the Asda Foundation York 10K

The ancient streets of York will be awash with colour when thousands of runners take to the road for what has been hailed as one of the most beautiful city runs in the UK. 

Over 6,000 people are expected to take part in the sixth Asda Foundation York 10K.

Organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All, the race – starting and finishing in Knavesmire Road alongside York Racecourse – takes in some of the city’s stunning scenery and historic landmarks including the magnificent minster and Clifford’s Tower.

Large, enthusiastic crowds will help create a vibrant atmosphere as they cheer on the entrants, running for one of the event’s partner charities or another good cause of their choice.

The field will include 41-year-old writer Justin Arnold who will be tackling the course dressed in a 25lb Star Wars stormtrooper costume to raise money for anti-bullying charity Kidscape.

With the Asda Foundation Hull and Leeds 10Ks already under his belt, the race is one of 10 events the former teacher is doing in the costume as he attempts to raise £5,000 for the charity.

Sarah Kennedy, of Swillington, Leeds, is running in aid of the neo-natal unit at the city’s St James’s Hospital where staff used their skills to ensure the survival of her daughter, Emily, who was born 13 weeks early.

Also taking part are the Sheppard brothers – David, Peter, Ray and Richard whose ages range between 66 and 73. They are running for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal to celebrate David’s successful battle against cancer. To support them go to www.justgiving.com/TheSheppardBrothers.

The event also incorporates the Morrisons 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 the hundreds of youngsters taking part in the Arena Group York mini and junior runs.

It’s a chance for children of all abilities to enjoy a fun and free event and do their bit for charity.

The 2.5km Junior Run - for children aged 9-14 - and the 1.5km mini, open to 3-8-year-olds accompanied by an adult, start at 11.45am at York Knavesmire following the York 10K.

The children are encouraged to run for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal or another charity of their choice. The appeal is this year supporting York Carers Centre’s Young Carers Service, which supports youngsters aged 8-18 who help care for a parent or sibling with either a physical or mental illness.

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.”

John Edwards, Morrison Utility Services contract director, said: “We are very proud supporters of York 10K Corporate Challenge.

“We have been delighted to see more and more companies taking part each year. The enthusiasm of the teams and the sense of the achievement at the end of the race makes the event truly special.

“We’re looking forward to seeing who runs away with the title this year.”

Adrian Fitzpatrick, managing director of document management specialists Arena Group, said: “We are delighted to be associated with such a marvellous event. The children taking part and their families are in for a memorable day and there’s the added satisfaction of supporting some wonderful causes.”

The Asda Foundation York 10K’s partner charities are 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.

The run is supported by Asda Foundation, York City Council, Morrison Utility Services, Muscle Milk, Powerade, The Press, Minster FM, Runner’s World and Run 247.com.