Leeds University Rugby League team member Andrew Marks has told us why his team will be challenging themselves in Leeds on the 8th July
“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
Good luck to Leeds University Rugby Team, we'll be cheering you on in Leeds!
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