The city of Leeds will come together on Sunday 9th July when thousands of runners pull on their trainers for one of the region’s biggest and best 10Ks.
They will line up for the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K, which since its launch 10 years ago has raised over £4m for good causes.
Organised by Run For All, the event, which began in 2007, is part of the lasting legacy of the late inspirational Jane Tomlinson CBE, who founded the charity road race shortly before her untimely death.
Many of those taking part will be raising money for a good cause of their own choice or for one of the event’s partner charities which this year are the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Macmillan Cancer Support, The Haven, Mencap Leeds, Sue Ryder,
Martin House Children’s Hospice, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, St George’s Crypt, Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal and Brain Tumour Research and Support.
The streets will be alive with colour and large crowds will line the route which starts in Vicar Lane and finishes outside the magnificent Leeds Town Hall.
Former rugby league stars Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock, Barrie McDermott and Terry O’Connor will be among the huge field, which also includes Emmerdale actress Michelle Hardwick, former England and Leeds United defender Danny Mills,
Sky Sports presenter Bryn Law and Educating Yorkshire teacher Matthew Burton.
The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun Jane Dowson, will help start the race, which will once more be hosted by Leeds personality Jon Hammond, who helped establish the event.
Julie Ward, Senior Manager of the Asda Foundation, supporters of Run For All’s 10K series, said: “The Asda Foundation Leeds 10K deservedly enjoys a reputation as one of the region’s top charity road runs. It is always well supported by Asda
colleagues and I wish them, and everyone taking part, much success. I’m sure it will be a great day.”
Scores of firms have entered the Clarion Leeds 10K Corporate Challenge – a race within a race – in which hundreds of businessmen and women battle it out to be crowned fastest team in the race.
Roger Hutton, Joint Managing Partner at Clarion, said: “We are delighted to continue our long association with such a great event. The Corporate Challenge is now firmly established as a very popular feature of the Leeds 10K. It fosters a bit of
friendly rivalry and I would like to wish all the teams the very best of luck in their race day and fundraising efforts.”
The fun gets underway the day before, on Saturday 8th July, when hundreds of youngsters will take part for free in the Arena Group Mini and Junior runs at Leeds Dock.
They are encouraged to raise a small amount of money for a good cause of their choice or for the event’s partner charity Winston’s Wish, which supports children, young people and their families following the death of a parent or sibling.
Arena Group Managing Director Adrian Fitzpatrick said: “The Leeds Mini and Junior run organised by Run For All is a delight to support. The youngsters’ enthusiasm for the event shines through and watching them all cross the finish line is
always a wonderful sight. Hopefully Winston’s Wish will benefit greatly from their efforts.”
The Leeds 10K is supported by Asda Foundation, Leeds City Council, Clarion, Viisana, Arla Protein, Yorkshire Evening Post, Heart, Banana kick, Up & Running, Aftershokz, Sports and Active Lifestyles and Leeds Beckett University.
Limited places remain in the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K. To enter, go to http://www.runforall.com/10k/leeds/