Thousands of runners are getting ready to pull on their trainers to help one of the region’s biggest road runs celebrate a special landmark.
Over 5,000 runners have signed up for the Asda Foundation City of Lincoln 10K on Sunday April 17th when the event celebrates its 20th birthday.
With a flat and fun route taking in some of the Lincoln’s historic sites including the cathedral, castle and Roman walls, the event has grown into a highlight on the city’s sporting calendar and each year raises over £120,000 for charity.
Among the thousands taking on the challenge is plucky pensioner Gladys Tingle, of Horncastle, who is returning after completing last year’s 10K to raise money for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance Service. Since turning 70-years-old, Gladys’s fundraising efforts in aid of the service have included two marathons and a host of half marathons.
A popular feature of the 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.
The fun gets underway a day earlier on Saturday April 16th at the Yarborough Leisure Centre playing field when hundreds of youngsters take part in the free to enter Arena Group Lincoln Mini and Junior Run.
The 1.5km, 2.5km and 5km runs are suitable for youngsters of all abilities aged between three and 15. All the participants 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, which helps disabled children and their families.
Charlie Tatman, event manager with organisers Run For All, said: “We look forward to welcoming the runners, spectators and volunteers to what promises to be a special occasion.”
Councillor Donald Nannestad, Portfolio Holder for Recreational Services and Health at City of Lincoln Council, who is taking part, said: “Everyone running or coming along to watch is in for a real treat. Lincoln is a beautiful city and the 10K is a wonderful opportunity to run through its historic streets.
“I am certainly looking forward to it and good luck to all those taking on the challenge.”
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 again supporting the City of Lincoln mini and junior runs. They are great fun for all the family and provide the children with an opportunity to support a very worthy cause.”
This year’s event once more finishes outside the majestic Lincoln Cathedral with the event village will be staged in the newly-refurbished Lincoln Castle grounds. Among the attractions will be a family fun zone hosted by the Asda Foundation, along with free medal engraving for every finisher.
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.