The historic streets of York provided the perfect backdrop to the 2014 finale of the Jane Tomlinson Run for All Series. Over 5,000 runners took part in the sixth edition of the Asda Foundation York 10K, making it the largest turnout to date, with New Marske Harriers’ James Bulman securing first place in a time of 32:29.
The course, bathed in glorious sunshine, saw runners take in some of the medieval city’s most stunning scenery including ancient Goodramgate, the majestic York Minster and Clifford’s Tower.
Bulman, who has marked 2014 with a series of 10k victories at Hamsterley Forest, Raby Castle and Dalton on Tees, finished 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.
The field also included 41-year-old Justin Arnold, who tackled the course dressed in a 25lb Star Wars stormtrooper costume to raise money for anti-bullying charity Kidscape. Arnold, who had already successfully completed the Asda Foundation Hull and Leeds 10Ks, managed to finish in 1:17:18.
Event lead Keith Taylor, of Run For All, said: “Our sixth York 10K was a real success and we are grateful to all those involved for the wonderful support they gave the event. York is a beautiful city and that helps to attract the enormous number of runners and spectators that make the event so special.”