Runners all set for 10K race

Runners stream under Spa Bridge at the start of The McCain Yorkshire Coast 10k run and fun run, from Scarborough Spa, on Sunday morning. Photos by Andrew Higgins 124344j     28/10/12
Runners stream under Spa Bridge at the start of The McCain Yorkshire Coast 10k run and fun run, from Scarborough Spa, on Sunday morning. Photos by Andrew Higgins 124344j 28/10/12

Hundreds of runners young and old are set to flock to Scarborough’s seafront this Sunday for the McCain Yorkshire Coast 10K run.

The event starts at the Spa Complex, with the 10K road race starting at 10am and a family fun run setting off at 11.30am.

134330'Scarborough firefighters get ready to run the 10k race and get sponsorship from Sizers jewellers.'Front ,from left,Nick Mack,Mick Graham and Chris Spurden.'Back from left,Maya Richardson of the Snowdrop appeal,Andrew Sizer,Carrie Sizer and Adam Sizer.'Picture by Neil Silk'24/10/13

134330'Scarborough firefighters get ready to run the 10k race and get sponsorship from Sizers jewellers.'Front ,from left,Nick Mack,Mick Graham and Chris Spurden.'Back from left,Maya Richardson of the Snowdrop appeal,Andrew Sizer,Carrie Sizer and Adam Sizer.'Picture by Neil Silk'24/10/13

The main race route is along South Bay, Marine Drive, Northstead Manor Gardens and the North Bay promenade. Fun runners will take on a 2.5km course along South Bay and back.

Last year the event proved a huge success and organisers are hoping it will prove as popular as ever this time around.

The main race, with a limit of 1,500 entries, is now full, but entries for the fun run are permitted on the day (maximum 500 entries).

The event’s chosen charity this year is Scarborough Hospital’s Snowdrop Appeal, which aims to raise £120,000 for a maternity bereavement suite.

Runners supporting the cause include a team of Scarborough firefighters, who are being sponsored by Andrew and Carrie Sizer of Sizer Jewellers.

Andrew, who is a personal friend of one of the firefighters taking part, is keen to support the Snowdrop Appeal as he and his wife have been sadly touched by the reason the appeal has been created.

He said: “We are proud to support this very worthwhile cause, which hopefully will give an enhanced level of support to the maternity unit at Scarborough Hospital, to help parents as much as possible through difficult times.”

Firefighter Chris Spurden said: “We are all very grateful for the support of Andrew and Carrie and everyone else who has sponsored us. We are all hoping that we can put in a good time and enjoy the race.”

Running T-shirts have been provided by Dance By Design of Scarborough. Sponsor the team at www.justgiving.com/Matt-Chris-Nick-Mick-Scarborough-Fire-Station

Scarborough’s mayor and mayoress, Andrew and Sue Backhouse, will also be running - as well as officially starting the race at 10am.

Cllr Backhouse said: “We decided during our mayoral year that we wanted to push ourselves to take on some physical challenges with the primary aim of raising as much money as possible for the Mayoress’ Community Fund but also to improve our fitness levels and promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

“We wish everyone taking part on the day the very best of luck with their personal challenges and we also hope lots of supporters will line the route on the day to cheer on the runners.”

Applications to the Mayoress’ Community Fund can be made by calling (01723) 369409.