HUNDREDS of rival businessmen and women are preparing to take on one of the region’s most popular corporate events.

The contenders will pull on their trainers this Sunday for the Morrison Utility Services York 10K Corporate Challenge.

But ahead of the big day they had the chance to claim some early bragging rights when they gathered on Tuesday for the 10K Tournament, a cycle-themed social evening involving mental and physical challenges.

After a fiercely fought contest at the Hilton Hotel, Morrison’s own team laid down the gauntlet by walking away winners.

Graham Watson, Run For All’s corporate manager, said: “Our corporate evenings provide a great opportunity for networking and allow teams to engage in a bit of pre-race banter. Everyone had a great night and whetted the appetite for the race itself.”

The corporate challenge forms part of the Asda Foundation York 10K, organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All.

John Edwards, Morrison Utility Services contract director, said: “We are very proud supporters of York 10K Corporate Challenge.

“We have been delighted to see more and more companies taking part each year. The enthusiasm of the teams and the sense of the achievement at the end of the race makes the event truly special.

“We’re looking forward to seeing who runs away with the title this year.”

More than 6,000 people are expected to take part in the sixth Asda Foundation York 10K. Starting and finishing in Knavesmire Road alongside York Racecourse, the race starts at 9.30am and takes in historic landmarks including the Minster and Clifford’s Tower.

It also features the Arena Group York Mini and Junior runs, a chance for children of all abilities to enjoy a fun and free event and do their bit for charity.

The 2.5km Junior Run - for children aged nine to 14 - and the 1.5km mini, open to three to eight-year-olds accompanied by an adult, start at 11.45am at York Knavesmire following the York 10K.

The Asda Foundation York 10K’s partner charities are Brain Tumour Research and Support Across Yorkshire, CLIC Sargent, Candlelighters, Macmillan Cancer Support, Martin House Children’s Hospice, St Leonard’s Hospice, Sue Ryder, Yorkshire Cancer Research and York Teaching Hospital Charity.

The run is supported by Asda Foundation, York City Council, Morrison Utility Services, Muscle Milk, Powerade, The Press, Minster FM, Runner’s World and Run