Just over 5,000 runners descended upon the Knavesmire on Sunday (7 August) to compete in one of the stand out races and top fundraisers in the Run For All series, the Asda Foundation York 10K. In what was the event’s eighth year, Adam Stacey led the field home in 33:00, with Bethany Garland, second at the Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon earlier this year, top in the female competition.
Thousands of spectators cheered on runners as they passed through some of this medieval city’s most stunning scenery including ancient Goodramgate, the majestic York Minster and Clifford’s Tower where Henry VIII executed ‘traitors.’
Stacey improved on his showing at last month’s Leeds 10K to take the spoils in York with a time of 33 minutes flat, with Joe Sagar second (33:27) and Rory Stead third (33:45). In the women’s competition, Garland (38:38) finished almost a minute ahead of second placed Emma Yates (39:36) with Nicky Steel third (40:20).
As ever with the Run For All events, the race was notable for many runners who were taking part in their first 10k and doing so to raise funds for charity. Since its launch in 2009 the event has raised a considerable amount for good causes; in 2015 alone, it raised an estimated £160,000 for charity.
Asda Foundation manager Julie Ward said: “Congratulations to everyone, including the many Asda colleagues, who supported today¹s Asda Foundation York 10K and made it such a success.
“The event very much demonstrated the friendliness and fun that is a super feature of the Asda Foundation series and, of course, a great deal of money was raised for some great causes.”