The historic streets of York will be transformed on Sunday August 7th when thousands of runners head to the city for one of Yorkshire’s biggest charity road races.
The countdown to the Asda Foundation York 10K got underway today [Wednesday 18th May] when the popular run was officially launched at the landmark Clifford’s Tower.
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Hailed as one of the most beautiful city runs in the country, the event gives participants a rare opportunity to run through the heart of York cheered on by large crowds who help create a fantastic atmosphere.
The largely flat route starts and finishes in Knavesmire Road, alongside York Racecourse, and takes in some of the city’s stunning scenery and historic landmarks, including Clifford’s Tower and York Minster.
Since its launch in 2009 the event has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for good causes. In 2015 alone, it raised an estimated £160,000 for charity.
Runners can take part for a good cause of their own choice or one of the partner charities which this year are: Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Martin House Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support, St Leonard’s Hospice, Candlelighters, Brain Tumour Research and Support, Mind York and York Against Cancer.
Organised by Run For All, the run forms part of the legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson who raised nearly £2m for charity by undertaking a series of gruelling challenges, despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
The 10K event is chip timed and there are goody bags, medals and finishers’ T-shirts for all those taking part.
Julie Ward, Asda Foundation Senior Manager, said: “It’s easy to see why the York 10K is one of the highlights of the Asda Foundation series of events.
“York is a beautiful city, the runners raise lots of money for good causes and there is always a brilliant atmosphere. Good luck to everyone taking part.”
There will be a chance for children to join in the fun by signing up for the free Arena Group York Mini and Junior runs, which use the same start and finish as the 10K. The 2.5km Junior Run is for children aged 9-14 and the 1.5km mini event is open to 3-8-year-olds accompanied by an adult. This year, children are being urged to raise a small amount of money to support the chosen partner charity which is York-based Jessie’s Fund, which helps seriously ill or disabled children to be heard through the language of music.
Adrian Fitzpatrick, managing director of document management specialist Arena Group, said: “This will be the sixth consecutive year that we have sponsored the York Mini and Junior Run and we are delighted to be involved with such a fantastic event that not only encourages youngsters to get out and active but also introduces them to charity fundraising.”
Rachel Finlay, Charity Manager at Brain Tumour Research and Support said: “BTRS are delighted to be a charity partner for the York 10k in August. The Run For All 10K series really is a great opportunity for runners of all abilities to get involved and support brain tumour patients here in Yorkshire.”
Holli Kellett, Jane Tomlinson Appeal events manager, said: “We are very much looking forward to the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon. There is always a wonderful atmosphere and it’s so inspiring to see so many people taking on this challenge for so many good causes. Good luck to everyone running for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. We are enormously grateful for your support.”
Noemie Salvaudon, Candlelighters Events Fundraiser, said: “Team Candlelighters will be running and volunteering at the York 10K in support of all the families in Yorkshire affected by childhood cancer. We wish them all the best for their training and for the d-day. We rely entirely on people’s generosity to continue our work, supporting children, their parents, siblings and grand-parents. Thank you so much to Team Candlelighters and all involved in the event.”
Emily Ford, Macmillan Cancer Support Regional Challenge Events Programme Manager, said: “Macmillan is delighted to be a partner charity at the York 10k in 2016. Last year we were able to raise over £20,000 from our incredible runners, this money is already at work helping the lives of people affected by cancer. But we still need your help, every day a staggering 26 people in North and East Yorkshire hear the devastating news they have cancer, and 12 people die from the illness. Join the green team today and help make a difference for the future.”
Holly Pollard, York Mind Community Fundraiser, said: “York Mind are delighted to have been chosen as an official partner charity for the York 10k. We are really looking forward to seeing all the new members of Team York Mind on the day, raising funds that mean we can continue to provide much needed mental health support in York.”
Caroline Hudson, Events Manager at Martin House says “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. We have places still available so please sign up and join Team Martin House in 2016.”
Sarah Atkinson, Community Fundraiser at St Leonard’s Hospice said: “We are delighted to be a part of the Asda Foundation York 10K 2016 and Arena Group York Mini & Junior Run. St Leonard’s Hospice, York serves the whole community, and events like these bring those same people together to enjoy something fun and worthwhile. Every individual running is different, but they all have a common aim which is to complete the race, and by doing so, they are raising funds that support the valuable work here at the Hospice.”
Lesley Schatzberger, Director at Jessie’s Fund said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Jessie’s Fund and we’re thrilled to be part of this exciting event. All money raised for Jessie's Fund will be used to take music to less fortunate children than those running in the York Mini and Junior Run. Seeing a child who can’t communicate come to life through music is a very special experience and something that Jessie’s Fund strives to achieve every day.”
The York 10K is supported by the Asda Foundation, City of York Council, Viisana, Arla Protein, The Press, Minster FM, Bananakick, LTS, Aftershokz.
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