Thousands of runners will head to Lincoln this Spring when the city’s hugely popular 10K celebrates a special landmark.
It will be the 20th running of the Asda Foundation City of Lincoln 10K, which has grown into one of the region’s biggest road races and each year raises over £120,000 for charity.
Lincoln City FC right back Bradley Wood joined the event’s partner charities today [Monday 8th February] to mark the special occasion – and officially launch the 2016 run.
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A large field is expected for the run on Sunday 17th April which boasts a flat and fun route that takes in some of Lincoln’s historic sites, including the cathedral and the city’s Roman walls.
The 10K will be the highlight of the festival of running that gets underway the day before with the event’s Arena Group Lincoln Mini and Junior runs.
These 1.5km, 2.5km and 5km events are free to enter and suitable for youngsters of all abilities aged between three and 15. They are a great opportunity for children to experience the excitement, atmosphere and cheering crowds of a mass participation run.
The youngsters are encouraged to raise a small amount of money for a good cause of their choice or to support the mini and junior runs partner charity, which this year is KIDS Strut.
Another feature of the following day’s 10K will be the Team Challenge - a race within a race in which groups of friends and work colleagues compete for the title of fastest team in the event. Teams must have a minimum of four members, there is no upper limit, and there are three categories – open, mixed and female.
Charlie Tatman, Event Manager with organisers Run For All, said: “The 20th running of the City of Lincoln 10K promises to be a really special occasion that will raise vital funds for a range of local and nation charities.”
Councillor Donald Nannestad, Portfolio Holder for Recreational Services and Health at City of Lincoln Council, said: “It’s fantastic to see the Lincoln 10K celebrate its 20th year. The event continues to grow in popularity, and rightly so. It’s a brilliant route taking in the spectacular landmarks in uphill Lincoln, offering a good course for beginners and also for the more experienced runner to challenge themselves.
“I hope lots of people take the opportunity to get involved and enjoy the amazing atmosphere, whether as an entrant or a spectator. I’m really looking forward to it!”
Asda Foundation Manager Julie Ward said: “Happy anniversary to the City of Lincoln 10K! What a great milestone to reach. We hope that the 20th year will be a great celebration – and we look forward to thousands of people pulling on their trainers and supporting some very worthwhile causes.”
Adrian Fitzpatrick, Arena Group managing director, said: “We are very proud to be entering our sixth year sponsoring the Mini and Junior Run series, ensuring that every young participant can enter for free. These events have become such a popular set of fixtures in the annual sporting calendar, providing family fun whilst supporting worthy local charities and promoting fitness for children across the country.”
Many of those taking part in the City of Lincoln 10K will be raising funds for the event’s partner charities which this year are the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice; Macmillan Cancer Support; Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance; LIVES; brainstrust; Framework, Cerebral Palsy Sport and the Mayor of Lincoln’s Charity.
Sarah Cross, events and community officer with Framework, said: “2016 will be the year of challenges, not only for Framework but also for the people we support. We expect more people than ever to find themselves in need of our help and we need your support to enable us to carry on providing our life changing work. Join Team Framework and help make a real difference to your community. We have limited spaces available for free. All we ask is that you raise a minimum sponsorship of £100 for our charity.”
Pete Burchill, support specialist at brainstrust, said: “brainstrust is thrilled to be a partner charity for the Lincoln 10K again this year. The race not only helps us raise awareness of brain tumours, and the need for support, but also provides vital funds to deliver this support in the local area. The money raised from the event will be spent helping people feel stronger in the face of a devastating brain tumour diagnosis and our runners know how much difference their commitment can make to someone’s life.”
Kim Seddon, Fundraising Officer for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, said: “After the success of the first City of Lincoln 10K organised by Run For All, we’re excited about the return of this brilliant event in 2016. Last year’s event saw some incredible fundraising which will enable us to continue supporting children’s and cancer charities across the local area. We hope this year’s event will be even bigger and would like to invite runners to take on this challenge in aid of the Appeal.”
Stephen Hyde, of LIVES, said: “Following the success of last year’s Lincoln 10K, we are really looking forward to this year’s race. As a local charity it is an excellent opportunity for Lincolnshire people to help us raise vital funds. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those people who ran for us in 2015 and all those that have chosen to ‘Run for LIVES’ this year.”
Emma Thorpe, Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance fundraising manager, said: “We are delighted to be involved in the City of Lincoln 10K again this year. We had a fantastic team of runners in 2015 and 2016 is looking even better is numbers so far! Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance relies on donations from the public to help us to continue to save lives across the two counties.”
Marianne Burchell, Cerebral Palsy Sport fundraiser, said: “Cerebral Palsy Sport are delighted to be involved in the Lincoln 10k again this year. The event is so well supported by competitors and spectators and gives us a great opportunity to promote our work and raise money to continue to change the lives of people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities through sport.”
Emily Ford, Regional Challenge Events Programme Manager (Yorkshire, East England and East Anglia) said: “Macmillan is delighted to be a partner charity at the Lincoln 10k in 2016. Last year we were able to raise over £30,000 from our incredible runners, this money is already at work helping the lives of people affected by cancer. But we still need your help, by 2030, the number of people living with or beyond cancer in Lincolnshire will fill Lincoln City’s Sincil Bank stadium nearly six times. Join the green team today and help make a difference for the future!”
Phil Greenwood, the charity’s community fundraiser, said: “KIDS Strut is really pleased to have been chosen as the official charity for the Lincoln Mini and Junior Run in 2016. We currently support around 80 local disabled children, young people and their families each year. However, we receive no statutory funding but rely on the efforts of our fundraising team and volunteer supporters, so this could make a real difference to the services we provide over the next 12 months.”