Excited runners prepare for their 2018 Asda Foundation Leicester 10K which takes place on Sunday 9th September.
The streets of Leicester will be a riot of colour on Sunday 9th September when thousands of runners pull on their trainers for the Asda Foundation Leicester 10K.
The event enjoyed a successful debut last year, attracting praise for the route and raising tens of thousands of pounds for local good causes.
Starting and finishing in beautiful Abbey Park, the route will take the runners across the Grand Union Canal and into the city centre, past the Richard III visitor centre and the cathedral. Runners will then twice cross the River Soar before ending with a final lap of the park.
This year’s event will be extra special for Leicester Tigers captain and England rugby union international, Tom Youngs, who will officially start the race at 9.00am.
England and British & Irish Lions international, Tom, will get the race going at its Abbey park starting line and appears to be excited about the opportunity: "To open the event is a huge honour and I would like to say good luck to everyone who will be taking part.”
Many entrants will be running for a good cause of their own choice or supporting one of the event’s partner charities which are Jane Tomlinson Appeal; CLASP, which provides support to people looking after a relative or neighbour with care needs; Macmillan Cancer Support; LAMP Mental Health Advocacy and Information and Vista, which supports people with sight loss.
The Leicester 10K is part of the successful 10K series, supported by the Asda Foundation, which so far in 2018 has seen runs in Lincoln, King’s Lynn, Burnley, Hull, Leeds, York and Nottingham with Leicester, Bury and Sheffield remaining.
They are organised by Run For All, part of the legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson, whose grandparents and father lived in Leicester. She raised nearly £2m for charity by tackling a string of gruelling challenges despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
Tristan Batley-Kyle, Run For All head of events, said: “We were delighted with the success of the first Leicester 10K and are looking forward to an even bigger and better event this year.”
Mandy Rivett, Asda Foundation coordinator, said: “The first Asda Foundation Leicester 10K attracted a lot of support and this year’s run is shaping up to be another first class event that will provide a funding boost to many good causes. Good luck to everyone taking part.”
The run is supported by title sponsors Asda Foundation, Arla Protein, Up & Running, Alive Leisure, Runderwear, Aftershokz, Bananakick, Hertz and Leicester Tigers Foundation.