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Celebrating 10 Years of the McCain Yorkshire Coast 10k

More than 2,500 people made their way to The Scarborough Spa in the glorious Autumn sunshine on Sunday 21st October for the 10th annual McCain Yorkshire Coast 10k and Family Fun Runs.

The event, which is organised by Scarborough Athletic Club, has grown every year since it started and this year the 10k sold out in under three hours. Participants came from right across the UK and beyond, ranging in age from 15 to 81 years old.

The 1.6km and 2.6km Family Fun Runs were also hugely popular, with over 800 runners taking part from the age of two – making them among the largest Fun Runs in the country.

All three runs follow Scarborough’s picturesque coastline from The Scarborough Spa on the South Bay. The 10k course continues around the Marine Drive, to the Sea Life Centre, returning via the North Bay promenade.

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Supporting Fantastic Charities

The two nominated charities this year were St. Catherine’s Hospice, to support Jon Kemp who ran the 10k backwards, and Dementia UK, for three local firefighters who ran the course in their full equipment to fundraise for the charity. Each charity received £100 from the event.

Jennifer from McCain said:

“We’re extremely proud to have supported the McCain Yorkshire Coast 10k and Family Fun Runs for the past 10 years.

“I always love watching the event and this year was better than ever. The range of people taking part was fantastic, and the atmosphere was full of excitement and celebration. The sense of achievement you see in people’s faces when they cross that finish line is something really special.”

 

Race Directors, Melanie and Mike Padgham, added:

“We’re very grateful to McCain for their continued support and to all the other sponsors too. We would also like to thank the volunteers who gave up so much of their time to make this happen.”

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Vote for the Event in The Running Awards

Last year’s event came second in the Yorkshire 10ks section of The Running Awards and this year the organisers are going for gold in their 10th anniversary year. To vote for the event, please visit: www.therunningawards.com

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FIRE FIGHTERS RUN FOR DEMENTIA UK

Justin Rowe, Lalan Flynn and Mark Sykes are fire fighters from Scarborough and Malton Stations. This year, they ran the McCain Yorkshire Coast 10k in full apparatus to raise money for Dementia UK. In their job, they come into contact with a lot of individuals suffering from the disease, and they wanted to give back to the nurses who work tirelessly to look after them.

To donate to their Just Giving page, click here.

 

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RICHARD’S 10TH YEAR AT THE 10K

Richard Brook is from Bradford and he’s travelled to Scarborough to run the McCain Yorkshire Coast 10k every year since the event started. His daughter Katie has also taken part in the Family Fun Run for the past 10 years – since she was only three.

His personal best 10k time was set in Scarborough and he was so eager to get a place that he entered all the way from Disney World this year!

 

Antony’s Next Running Challenge

Antony O’Keefe is 30 and from Sheffield. Although he’s blind, it’s no barrier to him running 10ks and completing other running events across the country with his partner guide Bryan, who’s from Barnsley.

Antony and Bryan have a fantastic relationship and love taking on the challenge as a team. This was Antony’s first bash at the McCain Yorkshire Coast 10k, and he finished in an amazing 46 minutes and 10 seconds!

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Running Backwards for Saint Catherine’s Hospice

Jon Kemp lives in Scarborough and ran the McCain Yorkshire Coast 10k for the first time this year… backwards! Jon decided to take on the challenge to raise funds for St. Catherine’s Hospice. With the support of two guides, he completed the course in one hour seven minutes and seven seconds!

To donate to his Just Giving page, click here.