Photograph courtesy Simon Dewhurst.

Thousands of runners, joggers and walkers stepped out today [Sunday 6th August] for the ninth annual Asda Foundation York 10K – and clocked up a huge cash boost for local charities.

Large and enthusiastic crowds – which have become a hallmark of the event since its launch in 2009 – 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 North to take part in the event which started and finished in Knavesmire Road, close to York Racecourse, and took in some famous landmarks including the Minster and Clifford’s Tower.

The runners were set on their way by the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Barbara Boyce, and Olympian and World Champion Rebecca Gallantree, taking part in her first official 10K run after retiring from diving in January. Ever the professional sportswoman, Rebecca completed the event in a time of 53mins 57secs.

Overall, the first home was Liam Rabjohn in a time of 31mins 41secs. Matt Bickerstaff took second place in 32mins 17secs, with Harry Holmes third in 32mins 30secs.

The first woman across the finish line was Gemma Steel in 33mins 28secs; beating the female course record by a minute. Second place went to Charlotte Mason who finished in 37mins 31secs ahead of Sarah Douglas who was third in 38mins 18secs.

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.

Asda Foundation Senior Manager Julie Ward 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 were Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Martin House Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support, St Leonard’s Hospice, Candlelighters, Brain Tumour Research and Support, Mind York and York Against Cancer.

Hundreds of youngsters aged between 3 and 14 seized the opportunity to join in the fun by taking part in the free-to-enter Arena Group York Mini and Junior Run. Little Noah Tilson, who uses a frame to walk, won some of the biggest cheers of the day.

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, The Island, which offers support to vulnerable children aged 8 to 13 who are struggling to cope at home, at school or in the wider community.

Francis Fitzpatrick, Finance Director of the Arena Group, said: “The excellent thing about the mini and junior run is that it’s so inclusive. It’s free to enter 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.”
Lynne Preston, Run For All Event Manager, said: “We are enormously grateful to everyone – runners, spectators, sponsors and particularly our volunteers – whose hard work made today’s 10K so successful and enjoyable.”