Charities in line for boost as runners get set for Asda Foundation York 10K

Good causes across Yorkshire will be handed a huge cash boost when thousands of runners pull on their trainers for one of Yorkshire’s biggest charity road races.

The popular Asda Foundation York 10K – hailed as one of the most beautiful city runs in the country – takes place on Sunday 7th August.

Renowned for its large crowds and vibrant atmosphere, the 10K provides a rare opportunity to run through the heart of historic York.

The largely flat route starts and finishes in Knavesmire Road, near York Racecourse, and takes in some of the city’s stunning scenery and historic landmarks, including Clifford’s Tower and York Minster.

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.

Event Manager Charlie Tatman said: “The Asda Foundation York 10K is one of our biggest runs and people come from across the UK and beyond to take part. And why wouldn’t they? It’s an incredibly scenic city which you get to see from a whole new perspective, running through it.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming thousands of people to this corner of Yorkshire on Sunday – we hope they have a fantastic day.”

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 event is chip timed and there are goody bags, medals and finishers’ T-shirts for all those taking part. It forms part of the hugely-popular Asda Foundation 10K series that includes runs in Leeds, Hull, Burnley, Lincoln, Nottingham, Bury and Sheffield as well as York.

Julie Ward, Asda Foundation Senior Manager, said: “We are extremely proud to support such an excellent event as the York 10K. It is rightly popular with so many people and all the runners are to be applauded for helping some wonderful causes. Good luck to all.”

There will also be loud cheers for the hundreds of children taking part in the free Arena Group York Mini and Junior runs, which take place shortly after the 10K. A 2.5km junior run will take place for children aged 9 to 14 and a 1.5km mini event is open to 3 to 8-year-olds accompanied by an adult.

Adrian Fitzpatrick, Managing Director of the Arena Group, whose sponsorship means every child gets to run for free, said: “We’re thrilled that our support means that hundreds of youngsters can take part in these events, hopefully igniting a passion for running and for fundraising from an early age.

“We’re looking forward to another great York Junior and Mini Run – have a great day everyone!”

The York 10K is supported by the Asda Foundation, City of York Council, Viisana, Arla Protein, The Press, Minster FM, Bananakick and LTS.

To enter or for more details go to /10k/york/

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