On Sunday 5th August, the York 10k Charity ‘Run for All’ took place. Over 6,000 people from all over the Yorkshire region took part in the run through the historic City of York, raising money for many great causes.
Organised by Run for All, the run is one of the highlights of the Asda Foundation 10K Series, which includes events in Leeds, Sheffield, Hull, Nottingham, Leicester, King’s Lynn, Lincoln, Burnley and Bury.
XCM’s Guy Swan and MD Graham Ibbetson took part in the race, with Guy completing the course in a quick time of 55:24 running for CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) and Graham completing in 1:08:59 for charity York Against Cancer. Guy was also accompanied by his sister Chloe, running for Mind in a respectable first ever run, finishing in 1:07:00. Guy’s daughter Ava, age 6, also got involved with the fun and ran a mini 1k junior race.
Graham commented on the run saying “This was a privilege to run and support such exceptional people, who genuinely care so much for the charities they represent, raising much-needed funds.”
Mandy Rivett, Co-ordinator of the Asda Foundation, said: “It’s not hard to see why the Asda Foundation York 10K is so popular year after year; the beautiful city of York provides an incredible setting for the run and the crowds are so supportive.
The Jane Tomlinson Appeal was launched as a legacy to Jane Tomlinson CBE who died from cancer in 2007. Before her untimely death aged just 43, Jane raised £1.8m for children’s and cancer charities through a series of incredible endurance feats – despite suffering from terminal cancer.
Leeds born Jane became the first person with terminal cancer to finish the London Marathon in 2002. But she went on to complete even tougher challenges – triathlons and iron men contests, a cycle ride from Rome to Leeds, and, her last epic adventure, a 4,000-mile bike ride across the width of the USA.
Jane took part in many of these challenges while undergoing gruelling chemotherapy treatment and was often in immense pain. She refused, however, to be defined by her cancer and would not give in.
Her incredible courage and indomitable spirit brought her headlines across the globe and she won awards including the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award, a Pride of Britain award and Yorkshire Woman of Achievement.
She was awarded the MBE and later the CBE for her outstanding charitable work.
After her death, Jane’s family pledged to carry on her good works by raising millions for charity in her name.