Up to 6,000 runners are expected to compete in the seventh edition of the Asda Foundation York 10K this Sunday (2 August). The race, part of the highly popular Jane Tomlinson Run For All Series, sees runners take in some of the medieval city’s most stunning scenery including ancient Goodramgate, the majestic York Minster and Clifford’s Tower.
Even with such a picturesque backdrop, the course is known to be flat with a good PB potential, ideal timing for hitting an impressive time before the close of summer. Getting the runners underway will be Look North anchorman Harry Gration and inspirational fundraiser John Burkhill who will be taking part in his 950th race to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of his daughter.
Last year’s event saw the 5,000 plus strong field enjoy glorious sunshine. New Marske Harriers’ James Bulman secured first place in a time of 32:29, just four seconds ahead of second placed Frank Beresford (32:41), with Steve Robinson taking third (32:57). In the women’s field, Emma Yates followed up her success at the Hull 10K with another victory, coming home in 38:06. Victoria Needham (38:27) and Michelle Nolan (38:53) rounded off the top trio of female performers.
Looking ahead to the race, Julie Ward, Asda Foundation manager, said: “The York 10K is always fantastically well supported and we would like to send our best wishes to everyone taking part. A big thank you should also go to the many supporters who turn out to give the runners such great support. The atmosphere they generate is one of the highlights of this wonderful event.”
The York event follows the recent Asda Foundation Leeds 10K which drew in a field of over 7,200 runners. Both 10ks have made significant contributions to the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, which has raised an incredible £7.6m to date.