The countdown is under way to one of the biggest and most popular charity road race weekends in Lincolnshire.
Over 5,500 runners are set to pull on their trainers on Sunday 2nd April for the 21st running of the Asda Foundation City of Lincoln 10K, while hundreds of youngsters will get set for the Arena Group Lincoln Mini and Junior Runs on April 1st.
The 10K event, which is expected to generate a huge boost for local good causes, features an attractive route that takes in a number of Lincoln’s historic landmarks including the cathedral and the city’s Roman walls.
And two of Lincoln City’s FA Cup heroes today had messages of support for all those taking part in the event.
Match commitments are preventing Imps bosses Danny and Nicky Cowley from taking part in this year’s run but they were keen to wish all those taking part the very best of luck.
Danny said: “I know the City of Lincoln 10K always generates a fantastic atmosphere and it’s a great shame Nicky and I cannot be involved. Good luck to everyone taking part and whatever your targets for the day I hope you smash them.”
Nicky said: “Thousands of people will be on the streets of Lincoln for this excellent event and I’m sure it will be a wonderful day for all involved. Good luck to all the runners, particularly those who are taking on the challenge to support the vital work of some outstanding charities.”
This year’s event will be officially started by the oldest participant in the race, 94-year-old Elsie Illingsworth. She will join the Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Yvonne Bodger, in waving the flag to set off the runners.
Elsie, who is taking part on behalf of Age UK, will be joined by a team of five day centre assistants who will help her around the route.
The fun first gets underway at 11am on Saturday 1st April when hundreds of youngsters aged between 3 and 15 are expected to take part in the free-to-enter Arena Group Mini and Junior Runs at Yarborough Leisure Centre.
Organised by Run For All, the City of Lincoln 10K forms part of the hugely successful Asda Foundation 10K Series which also features races in Sheffield, Leeds, York, Leicester, Nottingham, Burnley, Hull, King’s Lynn and Bury.
The event is supported by the Asda Foundation, City of Lincoln Council, BBC Radio Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire Echo, Arla Protein, Up and Running, Lincoln Castle, Aftershokz, Museum of Lincolnshire Life and bananakick.
Run For All Event Manager Lynne Preston said: “The City of Lincoln 10K is one of the UK’s oldest races; still going strong at 21! There’re good reasons for this – first and foremost, this is a fantastic course with plenty of potential to notch up that coveted PB.
“But, in addition, there is always an amazing atmosphere, both on the course and at the finish, with residents and businesses coming out to show their support to our runners. We’re really looking forward to seeing our runners old and new on April 2nd.”
Asda Foundation Senior Manager Julie Ward said: “City of Lincoln 10K kicks off what we hope will be another sensational Asda Foundation 10K Series. We know lots of people – a lot of Asda Colleagues among them – look forward to this date every year.
“Good luck to everyone taking part, whether you’re running for fun, for a personal best or to support one of the many amazing local charities which are set to benefit.”
Adrian Fitzpatrick, Managing Director of Arena Group, whose sponsorship means all children can take part in the Junior and Mini Runs for free, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to support the Run For All Mini and Junior Runs into a seventh series. We never tire of seeing thousands of young people take part in the events each year – and their real sense of enthusiasm and joy at crossing that finish line. Good luck to all the young runners taking part in Lincoln this year – we’ll see you there!”
Limited entries remain in the City of Lincoln 10K and those wishing to enter are advised to move quickly. Enter online at /10k/city-of-lincoln/
Runners can take part for fun or to raise funds for a favourite charity. They can run for any cause of their choice, but are particularly encouraged to support one of the official partner charities, which in 2017 are: the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, St Barnabas Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support, the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, brainstrust, the Mayor of Lincoln’s charity, framework, Cerebral Palsy Sport and LIVES.
The official partner charity of the Arena Group Lincoln Mini and Junior Run is KIDS Strut.