Former Leeds United and England defender Danny Mills gave the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K a boost when he made a guest appearance at a pop-up shop opened to promote the event.
Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All, organisers of the race, operated the shop in Leeds’s St John’s Centre for two days to give people the chance to sign up for the 10K on Sunday July 12th.
A frequent charity runner and strong supporter of Run for All events, Danny is among thousands of runners preparing for the Leeds 10K.
Danny, who signed up to take part in the Leeds 10K himself, said: “It is a fantastic run that does so much to help local good causes and it was encouraging to see people calling at the pop-up shop to sign up for a place. It is always inspiring to see so many people running the streets of Leeds for charities of their choice and I’m sure this year’s run will be another great success.”
Plans are being drawn up for the shop to return to the centre and to make an appearance at a Leeds City Council site in Lands Lane, near WH Smith, later this month.
People unable to get to the shop can sign up for the event here.
Miriam Pedersen, Event lead at Run For All, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to the St John’s Centre and Leeds City Council for their generosity and support in helping us to set up the pop-up shop. We are also very grateful to all those who came to the shop and bagged themselves a place on the start line. We wish everyone a successful run.”
Rebecca Bilclough, of the centre, said: “We were delighted to provide Run For All with space in the centre to promote such an excellent event, which provides thousands of people with a superb opportunity to support many good causes.”
Since its launch in 2007 the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K has raised well over £2.5m for its partner charities alone. The race forms part of the lasting legacy of Jane Tomlinson, who raised £1.85m for charity by completing a series of gruelling challenges despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
Thousands of runners have already signed up for this year’s race which starts in Vicar Lane and takes in some of the city centre’s best known landmarks before finishing outside the Town Hall.
People taking part can run for one of the event’s partner charities 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.