Race report: Jane Tomlinson’s Asda Foundation Run For All York 10K - August 5, 2012
The streets of York were lined with over 6,000 runners today as they took part in final event in the county’s biggest 10K series.
Now in its third year, the Jane Tomlinson’s Asda Foundation Run For All York 10K saw runners, joggers and walkers alike taking on the 6.2-mile challenge around the historic city – making it the perfect end to the 10K calendar and a great way to mark the city’s 800th Royal Charter anniversary celebrations.
The top three fastest men and women runners were presented with trophies by one of the country’s most renowned football referees, Howard Webb, who completed the race in 42:44. “I ran the Leeds 10K a few weeks ago with my fellow referees and it was such a fantastic event, I wanted to do another one. I’m absolutely thrilled to have been asked to be the official starter of the York 10K this year, it’s such a great thing to be a part of and the crowds are just amazing and so supportive. I know that there are some really inspirational people who take part and it’s their efforts and their achievements that make this all worthwhile.”
Ben Livesey of Birchfield Harriers who returned to the York 10K to defend his title from the 2011 event topped the running charts with a time of 30:50. Paul Lockwood crossed the line in second with a gun time of 32:51 and Ewan Brown completed the course in 34:14 for third place.
With a time of 37:57, Emma Yates of Knavesmire Harriers claimed the title of fastest female runner this year following her second place in the York 10K last year. Lisa Guscott-Trout came a close second with a time of 38:26 and Sophie Dixon crossed the line in an impressive 39:57 to take third.
The Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Keith Hyman and the Sheriff of York, Councillor Paul Firth also joined the thousands of runners today after waving them off at the start line.
Event Director, Sara Birkinshaw, said: “Once again this has been a fantastic event set in one of the country’s most historic cities. The atmosphere has been incredible and it’s so humbling to see so many inspirational runners overcoming personal challenges and doing it for their own inspirational reasons. We are thrilled to have been able to support one of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal patron’s Paula Radcliffe in her London 2012 Olympic Marathon event thanks to the big screen supplied by YSLV and we hope this has spurred on others to get involved and get active with us this summer in our final two events in the calendar, the Walk For All festivals.”
Hundreds of children took part in the Arena Group Junior and Mini Run with children as young as 3 taking part in the 1.5km run with their parents.
Awards were presented to three fastest male and female junior runners in the 2.5km race by Arena Group Managing Director, Adrian Fitzpatrick. “We are proud of our association with For All Events and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, and we are delighted to be supporting Mike and the team in York again this year,” said Adrian. “Mike Tomlinson has created a lasting legacy to his wife Jane with these runs for the whole family. Being part of the team is a natural fit for Arena as we work with a number of York schools and we believe that a focus on supporting and encouraging young people within our local communities is important - the Run For All is a great platform for this.”
This year almost 20,000 people have taken part in the Run For All series in Hull, Leeds and York 10K with over 50 different charities both nationally and locally benefitting from those taking part.
Teams of business professionals were amongst the crowds of runners taking part in the Morrison Utility Services York 10K Corporate Challenge where local firms such as; Safer York, University of York, Garbutt & Elliott and Mood International Software Ltd will be represented.
Jane Tomlinson’s York 10K is a not-for-profit event. The partner charities this year are: Jane’s Appeal, the charity set up by Jane Tomlinson, Martin House Children’s Hospice, Yorkshire’s hospice for children and young people based near Wetherby; Macmillan Cancer Support; Bone Cancer Research Trust and St. Leonard’s Hospice.
The Jane Tomlinson’s York 10K team would like to thank the City of York Council, Lucozade, Asda Foundation, Morrison Utility Services, BBC Radio York, and The Press, and all the volunteers for their on-going support, without which it would not be possible to stage the event.
There are two events remaining in the Jane Tomlinson’s For All Events 2012 calendar;
- Yorkshire Dales Walking Festival – Sunday 19th August, 2012 | Settle |Yorkshire Dales National Park
- Lake District Walking Festival – Sunday 9th September, 2012 | Windermere | Lake District National Park
Check out the website for further information: www.forallevents.co.uk/
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