It is the tenth year of the event, which since its launch in 2009 has grown into one of the region’s most popular charity road runs. Over the years more than 50,000 people have entered the event, raising over two-and-a-half million pounds.
And charities will be handed another boost this year thanks to the thousands of runners who will tackle the attractive route, which starts and finishes in Knavesmire Road, near York Racecourse, and takes in some of the city’s landmarks, including Clifford’s Tower and York Minster.
Many entrants will be running in aid of the 10K’s partner charities which are the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Macmillan Cancer Support, Candlelighters, York Mind, Martin House Children’s Hospice, St Leonard’s Hospice, York Against Cancer, The Island, Changing Lives.
New to the event this year is the York 10K Corporate Challenge, sponsored by chartered accountants BHP, in which firms will compete for the title of fastest team in the race. A race within a race, teams taking part in the challenge must have at least five members with the times of the first three home used to calculate the winners.
Daniel Sowden, Partner at BHP, which has offices in York, said: “We are very much looking forward to the first York 10K Corporate Challenge, which is a great way for companies to encourage fitness in the work place, support charity and have fun.”
After the 10K runners have crossed the finish line it will be the turn of the youngsters in the popular Arena Group Mini and Junior Run – 1.5K for children aged between 3 and 8 and a 2.5K route for 9-14-year-olds.
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, Run For All’s head of events, said: “Ten years of the York 10K is certainly something worth celebrating. It has supported the work of some wonderful charities and has grown into a must do event for many people.”
Mandy Hepworth, Asda Foundation co-ordinator, said: “The York 10K has enjoyed ca very successful 10 years and it’s easy to see why. It provides a wonderful opportunity to run through the heart of this historic city and support some excellent charities.”
The York 10K is supported by the Asda Foundation, BHP Chartered Accountants, Aftershockz, Runderwear, Arla Protein, High5, Motorpoint, Minster FM, LTS, The City of York Council and The Press,