Ancient city is the perfect backdrop for record-breaking Asda Foundation York 10K

The historic streets of York provided the perfect backdrop for a colourful carnival of running as thousands of people took part in the sixth Asda Foundation York 10K.

The race, part of the legacy of the inspirational Jane Tomlinson, raised tens of thousands of pounds for a host of good causes. With around 6,500 entrants Sunday 3rd August’s event was the biggest event to date.

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Crowds of enthusiastic spectators added to the spectacle as they cheered the participants making their way around the flat and attractive course, which started and finished alongside York Racecourse and took in some of the city’s magnificent landmarks including the Minster and Clifford’s Tower.

First across the line was James Bulman in a time of 32:38. Frank Beresford took second place in 32:43, with Steve Robinson third in 32:58.

The first woman home was Emma Yates in 38:11. Second place went to Victoria Needham who finished in 38:27 ahead of Michelle Nolan who was third in 38:53.

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The fastest wheelchair athlete was Neil Malcolm in 32:30.

Justin Arnold took a little longer (1:17:18) but then the 41-year-old writer and former teacher did tackle the run dressed in a 25lb Star Wars Stormtrooper outfit to raise money for anti-bullying charity Kidscape.

Another who took part in  a costume was Linda Brown, of Escrick, near York, who made her way round the route dressed as a crocodile, the mascot of Special Needs Activities and Play Provision for York (SNAPPY), the charity for which she and her husband, David, were taking part.

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Also delighted to cross the line were the four Sheppard brothers – David, Peter, Ray and Richard who have a combined age of 275. The Leeds-born pensioners ran to celebrate 73-year-old David’s successful battle against cancer and to raise money for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, which supports children’s and cancer charities.

The field included hundreds of business men and women taking part in the Morrison Utility Services Corporate Challenge, in which companies and other organisations competed to be crowned the city’s fastest firm.

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The race was officially started by the Lord Mayor of York, Coun Ian Gillies, but he was given a helping hand three of a team of professional referees – Phil Dowd, Mike Jones and Anthony Taylor - who took part in the corporate challenge.

The results of the challenge, based on the average time of the first three team members home, will be announced soon.

There were huge cheers for the hundreds of youngsters taking part in the Arena Group York Mini and Junior Runs, which followed the completion of the 10K. Youngsters taking part in the free fun runs were 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 disability.

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Asda Foundation manager Julie Ward said: “It was wonderful to see so many people, including lots of Asda colleagues, running through York’s historic streets to raise money for so many good causes. The York 10K is a super event which we are delighted to support.”

John Edwards, Morrison Utility Services contract director, said: “We were delighted to be involved in what was a terrific day and it was great to see so many teams taking part in the Corporate Challenge. It brings the business community together and allows them to have fun, network and support local and national charities.”

Adrian Fitzpatrick, Arena Group managing director, said: “It really is heartening to see so many children of all abilities taking part in an event which we at Arena find an absolute pleasure to support. The mini and junior runs encourage the youngsters to be active and to help charities which is a great combination.”

Event lead Keith Taylor, of Run For All, said: “Our sixth York 10K was a real success and we are grateful to all those involved for the wonderful support they gave the event. York is a beautiful city and that helps to attract the enormous number of runners and spectators that make the event so special.”

The Asda Foundation York 10K’s partner charities are Brain Tumour Research and Support Across Yorkshire, CLIC Sargent, Candlelighters, Macmillan Cancer Support, Martin House Children’s Hospice, St Leonard’s Hospice, Sue Ryder, Yorkshire Cancer Research, York Teaching Hospital Charity and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

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

Entries are now open for the 2015 York 10K here or go further still with the great range of super-value season tickets also on offer for next year.

The full race results can be found online at http://resultsbase.net/Results/IndividualResults.aspx?Id=2228