The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Gerry Harper, is aiming to complete a unique double at this Sunday’s Asda Foundation Leeds 10K.
Not only will the Lord Mayor be helping to officially start the event, as has become tradition, he will then be lacing up his trainers and taking on the course himself to raise money for his two chosen charities this year, Epilepsy Action and Heart Research UK. Cllr Harper is the first Lord Mayor of Leeds to start and then run the Leeds 10K.
Now in its 10th year and forming part of the lasting legacy of inspirational late Leeds amateur athlete Jane Tomlinson CBE, also raising money for the Lord Mayor’s charity appeal in the Leeds 10K will be a number of city councillors and friends.
To sponsor the Lord Mayor for the Leeds 10K, people can do so in the following ways: By text: ‘LMCA01’ and putting the amount after the 1, i.e. £5 to 70070, or online at www.justgiving.com/lmca
The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Gerry Harper, said: “It is an absolute honour to be able to start and take part in the Leeds 10K on Sunday, which is an enduring legacy to the achievements of the late Jane Tomlinson CBE, who continues to be such an inspiration to so many people.
“I am looking forward to taking on the Leeds course myself and raising money for my two chosen charities this year Epilepsy Action and Heart Research UK. As someone who was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2003, I am really keen to emphasise during my time as Lord Mayor that having the condition should be not seen as a barrier to anyone wishing to participate in great events such as this one.
“On a final note I would like to offer a big thank you to all the people of Leeds who have sponsored me for the 10K and to all my friends and colleagues who are also taking part in the run and raising money for my two charities.”
* Photographs courtesy of Yorkshire Post Newspapers.