Thousands of runners stepped out for the eighth annual Asda Foundation York 10K today – and clocked up a fantastic cash boost for charity.
Large and enthusiastic crowds gave the runners great support as they made their way through the historic city’s streets.
The event, which forms part of the legacy of inspirational fundraiser Jane Tomlinson CBE, started and finished in Knaversmire Road, close to York Racecourse, and took in some of York’s famous landmarks including the Minster and Clifford’s Tower.
First home was Adam Stacey in a time of 33mins 00secs. Joe Sagar took second place in 33mins 27secs, with Rory Stead third in 33mins 45secs.
The first woman across the finish line was Bethany Garland in 38mins 38secs. Second place went to Emma Yates who finished in 39mins 36secs ahead of Nicky Steel who was third in 40mins 20secs.
Asda Foundation manager Julie Ward said: “Congratulations to everyone, including the many Asda colleagues, who supported today’s Asda Foundation York 10K and made it such a success.
“The event very much demonstrated the friendliness and fun that is a super feature of the Asda Foundation series and, of course, a great deal of money was raised for some great causes.”
Charlie Tatman, of event organisers Run For All, said: “We are enormously grateful to everyone whose support is crucial to the success of the Asda Foundation York 10K. Special thanks to all the fabulous volunteers who give up their time and work so hard.”
Loud cheers 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.
The run was started by brave Max Fielding, from Ilkley, who suffers from a rare genetic condition. He and his dad Roger took part in the 1.5km event to support Martin House Children’s Hospice, where Max receives care.
Roger said: “The cheer Max received at the start was just brilliant. He loved every minute.”
Runners took 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.
Many of the youngsters taking part in the Mini and Junior Runs were raising money for the official children’s charity, Jessie’s Fund, a York-based charity established in memory of a musical child who died aged nine, which helps seriously ill or disabled children to be heard through the language of music.
Adrian Fitzpatrick, Managing Director of the Arena Group, said: “We’re really proud to support the Mini and Junior Runs, enabling hundreds of youngsters to take part, regardless of their ability or income.
“We were thrilled to see so many youngsters taking part today – well done to everyone.”
The York 10K is supported by the Asda Foundation, City of York Council, Make it York, Viisana, Arla Protein, The Press, Minster FM, Bananakick and LTS.
Entries are open now for the 2017 York 10K – or runners can step up the distance with the Yorkshire 10 Mile in October 2016. For more details, go to www.runforall.com