Thousands of runners hit the historic streets of York today to ensure one of the region’s biggest charity road races was a stunning success.
It was the seventh running of the race, staged by Run For All, which forms part of the legacy of inspirational fundraiser Jane Tomlinson.
The streets were awash with colour as the large field made its way around the route, which started and finished in Knavesmire Road close to York Racecourse and took in some of the city’s magnificent landmarks including the minster and Clifford’s Tower.
Huge crowds created a vibrant atmosphere as they cheered the participants every step of the way.
First across the line was Steve Robinson in a time of 32mins 57secs. Jordan Skelly took second place in 33mins 05secs, with John Clifford third in 33mins 23secs.
The first woman home was Michelle Nolan in 36mins 45secs. Second place went to Leila Armoush who finished in 37mins 15secs ahead of Emma Yates who was third in 37mins 52secs.
Asda Foundation manager Julie Ward said: “Well done to everyone, including the many Asda colleagues, who supported today’s Asda Foundation York 10K and made it such a success. As ever, the beautiful city of York played its part in providing such a perfect venue.”
Lord Mayor of York, Coun Sonja Crisp, said: “I am delighted to continue supporting the York 10k Run For All, and this year, it is in my capacity as Lord Mayor. It is an amazing event that has grown in strength and support year on year. What a wonderful sight to see so many members of the local community taking to the streets of our beautiful city, raising money for their chosen charities.”
Event lead Lucy Elsender, of Run For All, said: “We are enormously grateful to everyone whose support has been key in helping the Asda Foundation York 10K grow into such a fantastic event. A special mention must go to all the fabulous volunteers who give up their time and work so hard.”
Some of the biggest cheers of the day were reserved for the hundreds of big-hearted youngsters aged between three and 14 taking part in the free-to-enter Arena Group York Mini and Junior runs. They ran to support a good cause choice of their own choice or on behalf of this year’s official partner charity, The Family Fund, a UK-wide charity based in York, which for 40 years has been giving grants to low-income families raising a disabled or seriously ill child aged 17 and under.
The winning boy in the Junior Run was Monty Pegrum, while the first-placed girl was Megan Wyke Ulliott.
Francis Fitzpatrick, Finance Director at the Arena Group, whose kind sponsorship means every child was able to run for free, said: “It is easy to see why the Mini and Junior run is such a popular feature of the York 10K. The enthusiasm the children show is infectious and, of course, their efforts are helping some excellent charities.”
Cheryl Ward, Family Fund Chief Executive, said: “We would like to say a big thanks to all of the children who chose to run on behalf of Family Fund this year. It was a great sight to see them running the course. Thanks to everyone who sponsored them for helping us to support families caring for disabled and seriously ill children.”
The 10K’s partner charities are the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Brain Tumour Research and Support, Macmillan Cancer Support, CLIC Sargent, Martin House Children’s Hospice, St Leonard’s Hospice, York Teaching Hospital Charity, Candlelighters, Yorkshire Cancer Research and Action For Children.
It is supported by the Asda Foundation, City of York Council, The Press, Runner’s World, Minster FM, Local Telecom Service, Banana Kick and Run247.