What are your reasons for running?

Two teams have told us what has motivated them to take part in this year’s brand new Half Marathon Team challenges…

New to the 2018 event calendar, the Sheffield Half and Leeds Half Team Challenges are set to bring companies, sports clubs, organisations and groups of friends together as they battle to be crowned the fastest team. But not everyone is in it to win it…

Leeds University Rugby League team member Andrew Marks has told us why his team are swapping the rugby pitch for the streets of Leeds in May…

“On the 13th May 2018, a few members of Leeds University Rugby League will be taking part in the Leeds Half Marathon Team Challenge. This is part of our ongoing campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues in memory of one of our teammates, James Burke. He passed away on April 30th 2017 from suicide. This affected every member of the club in a number of ways, and we are committed to making his life a legacy and doing our best to make sure that this never happens again within our club, and our university. We have devoted ourselves to live healthier and more active lives both mentally and physically, learning from James' memory every day. For this reason we seen it as a suitable challenge to complete the half marathon this year in Leeds, and a challenge it will be indeed by the looks of some of those rigs…

“It’s a very special thing for us to run this event to raise money for the James Burke Foundation. Understandably very close to us.”

Pictured above are the Leeds University Rugby Team, joined by James’ Mum, Sharon. The photo was taken after a varsity match against Leeds Beckett, played on what would have been James’ 21st birthday.

For more information on their fundraising, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rlhalfmarathon

 

 

On Sunday 8th April, Team Arm will be joining us at the Sheffield Half Marathon Team challenge in a bid to promote health and well being within the office by pushing themselves both mentally and physically, all whilst raising money for their four partner charities.

Sam Mellor, one of the five runners representing Team Arm has told us what taking part means to him…

“They say that there’s a miracle cure that if taken it dramatically reduces the chances of developing long term chronic ailments that plague western societies. That miracle cure is exercise. Running does not have to be a slog, for me it’s a source of enjoyment and relaxation that leaves me feeling happier and healthier. It’s a place to park the stresses of the day, to calm a restless mind and for a brief moment be transported elsewhere. That’s why I run, and I’d like to encourage others to do the same.”

 

Good luck to both the Leeds University Rugby Team & Team Arm, we'll be cheering you on at each of the events!

If you have your own reasons to run and would like more information on either of our two brand new team challenges this year, click here for the Sheffield Half Team Challenge or click here for the Leeds Half Team Challenge. 

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