Entries are officially open for Lincoln’s annual 10K road race, as organisers celebrate the event’s 20th anniversary.
Thousands of runners are expected to take part in the Asda Foundation City of Lincoln 10K, which has grown into one of the region’s biggest road races and each year raises over £120,000 for charity.
Lincoln City FC right back Bradley Wood joined the event’s partner charities on Monday, February 8 to mark the special occasion – and officially launch the 2016 run.
The race takes place on Sunday, April 17 boasting a flat and fun route that takes in some of Lincoln’s historic sites, including the cathedral and the city’s Roman walls.
The 10K will be the highlight of the festival of running that gets underway the day before with the event’s Arena Group Lincoln Mini and Junior runs.
These 1.5km, 2.5km and 5km events are free to enter and suitable for youngsters of all abilities aged between three and 15.
The youngsters are encouraged to raise a small amount of money for a good cause of their choice or to support the mini and junior runs partner charity, which this year is KIDS Strut.
Another feature of the following day’s 10K will be the Team Challenge – a race within a race, in which groups of friends and work colleagues compete for the title of fastest team in the event.
Teams must have a minimum of four members, there is no upper limit, and there are three categories – open, mixed and female.
Charlie Tatman, event manager with organisers Run For All, said: “The 20th running of the City of Lincoln 10K promises to be a really special occasion that will raise vital funds for a range of local and nation charities.”
Councillor Donald Nannestad, Portfolio Holder for Recreational Services and Health at City of Lincoln Council, said: “It’s fantastic to see the Lincoln 10K celebrate its 20th year.
“The event continues to grow in popularity, and rightly so. It’s a brilliant route taking in the spectacular landmarks in uphill Lincoln, offering a good course for beginners and also for the more experienced runner to challenge themselves.”
Asda Foundation Manager Julie Ward said: “Happy anniversary to the City of Lincoln 10K! What a great milestone to reach.
“We hope that the 20th year will be a great celebration – and we look forward to thousands of people pulling on their trainers and supporting some very worthwhile causes.”
Many of those taking part in the City of Lincoln 10K will be raising funds for the event’s partner charities which this year are the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice; Macmillan Cancer Support; Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance; LIVES; brainstrust; Framework, Cerebral Palsy Sport and the Mayor of Lincoln’s Charity.