The ninth staging of the Asda Foundation York 10K drew in one of its biggest fields to date with over 5200 runners completing Sunday’s (6 August) race. As ever, competitors were treated to some vociferous support along a historic route that took in some of the medieval city’s stunning scenery including ancient Goodramgate, the majestic York Minster and Clifford’s Tower.
Participants were given their marching orders 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. Attracted by the chance to run through York’s historic streets, runners from across the country tackled a course which started and finished in Knavesmire Road, close to York Racecourse.
Gemma Steel stole the show in the female competition with a victory and comprehensive new course record of 33:28, a time that placed her seventh overall. Charlotte Mason was Steel’s closest competitor in 37:31, while Sarah Douglas took third in 38:18.
Richmond & Zetland Harriers’ Liam Rabjohn secured a convincing victory with a time of 31:41, more than 30 seconds ahead of Matt Bickerstaff (32:17), with Harry Holmes in third (32:30).
Asda Foundation senior manager Julie Ward said: “It’s not hard to see why the this event 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.”
Entries for the 2018 edition of the Asda Foundation York 10K are already open, for more information visit the Run For All website.