Over 5,000 runners set to take to the streets of York for 10K's birthday run

Runners countdown the days to the Asda Foundation York 10k which is set to celebrate its tenth anniversary on Sunday 5th August.

Over 5000 runners are counting down to the Asda Foundation York 10K which will be celebrating its tenth anniversary on Sunday 5th August.

The popular charity road race is often hailed as one of the most beautiful city runs in the UK with runners able to enjoy a rare opportunity to run through the historic city of York.

Over the years, a total of more than 50,000 people have entered the run, raising over £2.5m for a host of good causes both big and small.

This year is set to hand yet another major fundraising boost to a number of deserving charitable causes. Runners are welcome to run for fun, for a charity of their own choice or for one of the Asda Foundation York 10K’s partner charities.

The partner charities for 2018’s Asda Foundation York 10K include – 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.

The run’s largely flat route starts and finishes on Knavesmire Road, near York Racecourse, and takes in some of the city’s historic landmarks, including Clifford’s Tower and York Minster.

Organised by Run For All, the run forms part of the legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson who raised nearly £2m for charity by undertaking a series of endurance challenges, despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.

Tristan Batley-Kyle, Head of Events at Run For All, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming thousands of people to this wonderful city on Sunday.

“The York 10K is one of our most popular events. The crowds turn out in force and offer tremendous support to the runners. It all makes for a superb atmosphere.

“We wish the best of luck to all our runners and hope that they have an enjoyable day.”

The York 10K 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 title sponsor the Asda Foundation, said: “York is a really attractive city with lots of culture and history. It’s hardly surprising that so many runners are keen to take the opportunity to run through it.

“Many of the runners, including our own Asda Colleagues, will be raising funds for some excellent causes and I wish them all the very best of luck.”

The Asda Foundation York 10K is supported by the 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.

Sunday 5th August will also feature the Arena Group Mini and Junior Run in which youngsters aged three to 14 will be able compete. The race is set to start shortly after the York 10K and is free for all 10K runners to enter.

Francis Fitzpatrick, managing director at Arena Group, explains, “We’re passionate about this event and what it stands for. As long as young people from the city and beyond sign up to take part, we’re happy to provide the support.

“The Arena Team, led by our mascot, Arena Owl, is all about positive values, making good choices and having fun. By providing the funding, we hope that these events will provide many young people with an amazingly uplifting experience and perhaps encourage a passion for healthy living.”

The run is also set to benefit its local partner charity, Bereaved Children Support York, who support children, young people and their families coping with a bereavement.

Entries for the Asda Foundation York 10K and Arena Group Mini and Junior Run are still open. Enter York 10K and York Mini and Junior run.

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