Thousands of runners are getting ready to pull on their trainers and hit the streets of Leeds for one of the region’s biggest 10Ks.
Thousands of runners are looking forward to the 12th running of the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K on Sunday 8th July which is expected to raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity.
Organised by Run For All, the event forms part of the lasting legacy of the late inspirational Jane Tomlinson CBE, who founded the charity road race shortly before her death in 2007.
Among those taking part are former England and Leeds Rhinos rugby league greats Jamie Peacock and Rob Burrow, plus, Sky Sports’ Bryn Law.
The race is also set to feature a number of prominent wheelchair athletes including Callum Hall who Commonwealth Games debut this year on Australia’s Gold Cost and finished a creditable 7th in the marathon.
Many of those running will be raising money for a good cause of their own choice or for one of the event’s partner charities which this year are the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Macmillan Cancer Support, Mind Leeds, Sue Ryder, Martin House Children’s Hospice, St George’s Crypt, Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal, Candlelighters, People In Action and Brain Tumour Research and Support.
Already looking forward to the run are the scores of firms who have entered the Clarion Leeds 10K Corporate Challenge. A popular feature of the event, the challenge is a race within race as companies and other organisations compete for the title of fastest firm in the race.
Roger Hutton, Joint Managing Partner at Clarion, said: “It’s excellent that so many companies have entered this year’s Clarion Leeds 10K Corporate Challenge. It’s gained a deserved reputation as a fun event that also fosters a bit of friendly competition and brings an added dimension to this popular 10K. Good luck to all the teams involved.”
The fun gets underway the day before, on Saturday 7th July, when hundreds of youngsters will take part in the Arena Group Mini and Junior runs at the John Charles Sports Centre in Beeston.
They are encouraged to raise a small amount of money for a good cause of their choice or for the event’s partner charity Elliot’s Footprint, which helps families through childhood bereavement.
Mandy Rivett, Co-ordinator of the Asda Foundation, said: “From the moment the children in the mini and junior run cross the start line until the last person crosses the finish line of the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K, the city can look forward to a great weekend of running.
“The atmosphere is always excellent and it’s inspiring to see so many runners of all abilities turning out to support some excellent charities. Good luck to everyone.”
The 10K is sponsored and supported by the Asda Foundation, Leeds City Council, Up & Running, Aftershokz, Runderwear, Arla Protein, Hertz, LTS, Leeds Beckett University, Yorkshire Evening Post, Heart Radio and Active Leeds.