Good causes across Lincolnshire will be handed a funding boost on the weekend of Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March when thousands of runners – big and small – pull on their trainers for two of the region’s most popular charity road runs.
On the Sunday, it will be the 22nd running of the Asda Foundation City of Lincoln 10K which is expected to generate a huge boost for charity.
And the day before, hundreds of youngsters aged between 3 and 15 will get this fantastic festival of running underway on at Yarborough Leisure Centre, when they take part in free-to-enter Arena Group Lincoln Mini and Junior Run.
Runners from across the country will gather in Lincoln for Sunday 18th March’s 10K, attracted by the large, supportive crowds and a largely flat route that takes in some of the city’s historic landmarks.
This year the field will include athletes hoping for Commonwealth Games glory on Australia’s Gold Coast.
Lizzie Tench and Mark Conway will be representing Team England in the paratriathlon and are racing in Lincoln as part of their preparations.
Lizzie, who has been competing internationally since 2014, said: “I’ve never been to Lincoln before and I hear it’s a beautiful city, so I’m looking forward to it.”
Veteran runners taking part in this year’s event have an extra incentive to do well as they are being handed an opportunity to represent England in a high profile race.
Runners who clinch one of the coveted places will get to pull on an England shirt in the England Age Group Masters representative race within the Great Birmingham Run on Sunday 6th May.
The top three eligible men and top three eligible women in each category from V35 upwards will be selected for England.
Tristan Batley-Kyle, Head of Events for Run For All, the organisers of the City of Lincoln 10K, said: “The City of Lincoln 10K enjoys an excellent reputation and we look forward to welcoming some of the country’s best veteran athletes to the event.”
Among those running to raise funds for a good cause is the Sheriff of the City of Lincoln, Jo Rimmer, who is running in aid of two food banks – Lincoln Community Larder and Lincoln Foodbank – which are the chosen charity of the Mayor of Lincoln, Coun Chris Burke.
The run signals the start of the successful Asda Foundation 10K Series, which also includes events In King’s Lynn, Hull, Leeds, Burnley, York, Nottingham, Leicester, Bury and Sheffield.
Mandy Rivett, Co-ordinator of the Asda Foundation, said: “The Asda Foundation City of Lincoln 10K always generates a fantastic atmosphere and is sure to be a wonderful start to the 2018 Asda Foundation 10K Series. “The efforts of all those taking part will help support the work of some excellent charities.”
Adrian Fitzpatrick, Managing Director of Arena Group, which has supported Run For All’s mini and junior runs since 2010, said: “We are delighted to continue our support for such an excellent series of children’s runs. They are a great way of encouraging youngsters to be more active and to support a charity. It’s always wonderful to see a young runner wearing his or her finisher’s medal with pride.”
Action For Children is the partner charity for this year’s mini and junior run. The 10K’s partner charities are Jane Tomlinson Appeal, St Barnabas Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support, Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance, Brainstrust, Lincoln and Kesteven Age UK, homelessness charity Leap and the chosen charities of the Mayor of Lincoln, Coun Chris Burke – Lincoln Foodbank and Lincoln Community Larder.
The event is sponsored by Asda Foundation, City of Lincoln Council, BBC Radio Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire Echo, Lincoln Castle, Arla Protein, Up&Running, Aftershokz, Runderwear and bananakick.
There are limited places remaining in the City of Lincoln 10K. Go to www.runforall.com to find out more and to register.