Thousands of runners, joggers and walkers helped clock up a huge cash boost for local charities on Sunday 5th August at the Asda Foundation York 10K as the popular road race celebrated its tenth anniversary in style.
Large and enthusiastic crowds, which have become a hallmark of the event since its launch, created a tremendous atmosphere as they cheered the runners along the route.
Attracted by the chance to run through York’s historic streets, runners of all abilities came from across the UK to take part in the popular road race. Starting and finishing on Knavesmire Road, close to York Racecourse, the route took in famous landmarks such as the Minster and Clifford’s Tower.
First home was Jamie Rutherford in a time of 32mins 51secs. Jake Callis took second place in 33mins 00secs, with Callum Crawford third in 32mins 02secs.
The first woman across the finish line was Julie Briscoe in 35mins 55secs. Second place went to Maggie Skinner who finished in 37mins 43secs ahead of Angela Joiner-Handy who was third in 39mins 59secs.
Organised by Run For All, the run is one of the highlights of the Asda Foundation 10K Series, which includes events in Leeds, Sheffield, Hull, Nottingham, Leicester, King’s Lynn, Lincoln, Burnley and Bury.
Mandy Rivett, Co-ordinator of the Asda Foundation, said: “It’s not hard to see why the Asda Foundation York 10K is so popular year after year; the beautiful city of York provides an incredible setting for the run and the crowds are so supportive.
“Well done to everyone, including the many Asda Colleagues, who crossed the finish line, especially those raising money for some fantastic charities.”
Many people took part for a good cause of their own choice or one of the partner charities which this year included – the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Macmillan Cancer Support, Brain Tumour Research and Support, Candlelighters, York Mind, Martin House Hospice, St Leonard’s Hospice, York Against Cancer, The Island and the Ambulance Wish Foundation UK.
Hundreds of youngsters aged between 3 and 14 seized the opportunity to join in the fun by taking part in the Arena Group York Mini and Junior Run.
Encouraged to raise a small amount of money for a good cause, some of the youngsters were running in aid of the event’s partner charity, Bereaved Children Support York, who support children, young people and their families coping with a bereavement.
Francis Fitzpatrick, managing director at Arena Group, said: “The excellent thing about the mini and junior run is that it’s so inclusive. The entry fee is very affordable and children of all abilities are welcome so there’s a lovely atmosphere and buzz as the youngsters make their way round the course.
“Even more importantly, it’s a great chance for the children to support the work of an excellent charity. Congratulations to all the children who crossed the finish line today.”
Tristan Batley-Kyle, Head of Events at Run For All, said: “We are enormously grateful to everyone – runners, spectators, sponsors and particularly our volunteers – whose hard work made today’s 10K so enjoyable.”
The Asda Foundation York 10K is supported by title sponsor Asda Foundation as well as Up & Running, BHP Chartered Accountants, Aftershockz, Runderwear, Arla, Minster FM, LTS, The City of York Council, Visit York, The York Press, Banana Kick and Hertz.
Entries are open now for the 2019 York 10K at the discounted price of £20 until midnight on Monday 6th August. For more details, go to www.runforall.com.