The Asda Foundation Leeds 10K got off to a knockout start today [Tuesday 10th February 2015] when European featherweight boxing champion Josh Warrington officially launched the event.
And Leeds-born Josh, a former John Smeaton High School pupil who is rapidly becoming the city’s favourite sporting son, will be among the thousands of entrants who will line up on the start line on Sunday July 12.
Organised by Run For All, the flagship event is part of the lasting legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson CBE who raised almost £2m for charity through a series of endurance challenges, despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
The Leeds 10K has raised well over £2m since it was first held in 2007.
Josh, who is known as “The Leeds Warrior” and is immensely proud of his home city, said: “It’s great to be part of such a wonderful event and I’m really looking forward to doing the run.
“Jane showed great courage and determination and this event, which generates a tremendous atmosphere and does so much to help many good causes, is a fitting tribute to her memory.”
Revamped in 2013, the route is now faster and flatter. It starts in Vicar Lane, takes the runners out and back along Kirkstall Road and ends in front of the Town Hall.
Run For All’s stable of events also includes 10Ks in York, Burnley, Hull and Lincoln, the Leeds Half Marathon and the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield. Its sister organisation also runs the hugely-popular Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon.
Julie Ward, of the Asda Foundation, which sponsors Run For All’s 10K series, said: “The Leeds 10K has rightly earned a reputation as a superb event and is one we are delighted to support.
“We look forward to seeing thousands of people, including many of our Asda Colleagues, on the start line for what we are sure will be a super day that will benefit many worthy charities.”
Among the thousands taking part will be hundreds of businessmen and running in the Clarion Leeds 10K Corporate Challenge – a race within a race – in which teams compete to lift the title of the fastest firm in the city. The times of the first three team members home are used to award the trophies and prizes. Over 50 firms entered last year.
People taking part can run for one of the event’s partner or support a good cause of their own choice. The partner charities are Jane Tomlinson Appeal, The Haven, Macmillan Cancer Support, Martin House Children’s Hospice, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, St George’s Crypt, Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal, Yorkshire Cancer Research, Mencap Leeds and Sue Ryder.
Sharon Evans, Fundraising Development Manager for Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal, said " It is a great honour to be a partner charity for the Leeds 10K, it really is a run for all for everyone to get involved with and the money raised from this amazing event really does make a big difference to the lives of our young patients making every childs stay in hospital a better, brighter and happier one".
Andy Pierce, Events Manager at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We’re really excited about being part of the Leeds 10K once again. It’s an event that the team looks forward to every year and we can’t wait to cheer on all our runners. We’d like to thank everybody who has signed up to take part on behalf of the charity and wish them the best of luck with their training and fundraising.”
Gemma Cross, Events Fundraiser at Martin House Children’s Hospice, said: “Thank you and good luck to everyone running the Leeds 10K as part of Team Martin House. Your support is much appreciated and makes a real difference.”
Liz Barran Head of Fundraising for the Haven in Yorkshire, said: “The Haven is thrilled to be an official charity partner with the Leeds 10k. This flagship event for the region is a fantastic opportunity for people to raise lots of money for causes close to their heart. Over the years the Leeds 10k has enabled The Haven to continue to provide, completely free of charge, a wide range of therapies which help people to deal with the physical and emotional side effects of breast cancer.”
Cheryl Harrington, Lead Fundraiser for St George’s Crypt, said: “St George’s Crypt has had runners supporting us in the Leeds 10k for the last few years, we are delighted to be a Partner Charity for the first time in 2015.”
Siobhan Curtis, Jane Tomlinson Appeal Legacy Manager, said: “We are enormously grateful to everyone who will be taking part in the Leeds 10K, which has rightly earned a reputation as a super event that benefits some wonderful charities. Good luck to all the runners.”
Clara White, Macmillan Cancer Support Fundraising Manager for Leeds, said: “Leeds is a fantastic city and the people always bring a warm atmosphere to events. We’re delighted to be continuing our involvement as charity partner in this brilliant 10K run. Macmillan invested over £1.48m in West Yorkshire in 2013 on new services to support cancer patients and their families, but each day a staggering 30 people in the county hear the devastating news they have cancer. Now more than ever we need people to join Team Macmillan.”
Sian Wilkinson-Iles, Sue Ryder Event Fundraiser, said: “Sue Ryder is absolutely delighted to be a charity partner of The Asda Foundation Leeds 10k for the second year running. Last year the partnership helped us to raise over £15,000 which goes towards the incredible hospice and neurological care we provide. Every £20 our runners raise can help cover the cost of a bereavement counselling session for a grieving child. So please join Sue Ryder #TeamIncredible today and help us to continue our vital work.”
The event is sponsored by Asda Foundation, Leeds City Council, Clarion, Yorkshire Evening Post, Runner’s World, TheBusinessDesk.com, Heart, Run247, BananaKick and LTS.
To enter the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K and for more information about Run For All events click here.