This Sunday (4 August) will see one of the UK’s premier road races, the Asda Foundation York 10K, celebrate its tenth anniversary. Over 5000 competitors are expected to be in attendance for an event that offers a rare opportunity to run through the historic city of York.
On the 10th anniversary York 10K, the route will once again start and finish on Knavesmire Road alongside York Racecourse and pass the city’s many historic landmarks including Clifford’s Tower and the minster. The route has proven extremely popular with runners and is hailed as one of the most beautiful city runs in the UK.
One of those taking part is Mark Gallimore, who is aiming to clock up 2,000 miles by 2024 to mark 10 years of raising funds for children’s cancer charity Candlelighters. The charity provided support for him and his family when his two-year-old-son was diagnosed with leukaemia.
The father of four, who lives in York, started running in aid of the charity in 2014, a year after his two-year-old son, George, was diagnosed with leukaemia. Over £16,000 has now been raised in George’s name.
During George’s treatment Candlelighters supported the family in many ways – financially, with holidays and respite care, Mark said: “The staff at Candlelighters have become friends and are always happy to offer advice or just be able to use a shoulder every once in a while.
“At first I started to fundraise to say thank you to them for all the things that they have done for us but I can never do that because 'thank you' is not enough. All the blisters and sore legs after all the runs are nothing to what these brave kids go through. Now I help to raise awareness and funds for Candlelighters by doing what I can."
The event has become renowned for its charity pull, with over £2.5m raised for a host of excellent causes over the last decade. This year’s local partner charity is the Bereaved Children Support York, which supports children, young people and their families coping with a bereavement.