Youngsters from across the city pulled on their trainers today [Saturday 8th July] to clock up a big boost for charity.
Almost 1,000 youngsters took part in the Arena Group Leeds Mini and Junior Run, a free-to-enter event for children of all abilities organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All.
Youngsters aged between 3 and 8 took on a 1.5K challenge, while those aged 9 to 14 tackled the 2.5K route.
Enthusiastic crowds created a fantastic atmosphere as they cheered the young runners to the finish where all those who crossed the line were presented with a goody bag and medal.
First junior boy across the finish line was Max Metcalfe, followed by Adam Fearnley in second place with Daniel Easton in third. Holly Davey triumphed in the girl’s junior run, Megan Weaver took second place followed by Florence Pell in third.
The children are encouraged to raise a small amount of money to help the work of a local good cause. Many of the young runners were taking part in aid of the event’s official partner charity, Winston’s Wish, which supports children, young people and their families after the death of a parent or sibling. It provides professional therapeutic support and practical advice to help youngsters cope with grief.
Last year the charity supported 869 families through face-to-face contact and reached many more through its national helpline, website and publications.
Adrian Fitzpatrick, managing director of Arena Group, which has supported Run For All Mini and Junior Runs since 2010, said: “We are proud to be associated with these wonderful events. They are a lot of fun and provide the youngsters with a great introduction to running with, and for, others.
“All the children who ran today should be very proud of their efforts in supporting some excellent good causes.”
Lynne Preston, Events Manager at Run For All, said: “Well done to all the children who took part today and a huge thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make the event a big success.”
The Arena Group Leeds Mini and Junior Run is a key part of the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K which takes place on Sunday 9th July.