Thousands set to take part in Leeds 10K

Thousands of runners are set to take part in one of the region’s biggest 10Ks this weekend.

The Asda Doundation Leeds 10K, which marks 10 years since its launch this weekend, takes place on Sunday July 9.

Organised by Run For All, the event, which began in 2007, is part of the lasting legacy of the late inspirational Jane Tomlinson CBE, who founded the charity road race shortly before her untimely death. The event has since gone on to raise over £4m for good causes.

Many of those taking part 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, The Haven, Mencap Leeds, Sue Ryder, Martin House Children’s Hospice, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, St George’s Crypt, Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal and Brain Tumour Research and Support.

The event will start at Vicar Lane and finish at Leeds Town Hall, with thousands expected to line the route and cheer on those taking part.

Locals can look out for a few famous faces in the crowds too, with a whole host of Yorkshire sport and soap stars taking part in the event, including former rugby league stars Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock, Barrie McDermott and Terry O’Connor, as well as Emmerdale actress Michelle Hardwick, former England and Leeds United defender Danny Mills, Sky Sports presenter Bryn Law and Educating Yorkshire teacher Matthew Burton.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun Jane Dowson, will help start the race, which will once more be hosted by Leeds personality Jon Hammond, who helped establish the event.

Julie Ward, Senior Manager of the Asda Foundation, supporters of Run For All’s 10K series, said: “The Asda Foundation Leeds 10K deservedly enjoys a reputation as one of the region’s top charity road runs.

“It is always well supported by Asda colleagues and I wish them, and everyone taking part, much success. I’m sure it will be a great day.”

Scores of firms have entered the Clarion Leeds 10K Corporate Challenge, a race within a race, in which hundreds of businessmen and women battle it out to be crowned fastest team in the race.

The fun will begin on Saturday July 8, when hundreds of youngsters will take part for free in the Arena Group Mini and Junior runs at Leeds Dock.

The full timings:

Arena Group Leeds Mini and Junior Runs – Saturday 8th July – Leeds Dock

9.00am – Race office opens in Armouries Square for collection of media bibs

9.45am – Junior Run warm up

10.00am – Junior Run starts

10.15am – Junior Runners start to finish

10.15am – Mini warm up

10.30am – Mini Run starts

11am – Event complete

Asda Foundation Leeds 10K – Sunday 9th July – Leeds City centre

8.00am – Race office opens in Millennium Square for collection of media bibs

9.15am – 1st wave warm up

9.25am – Elite wheelchair race begins in Vicar Lane

9.30am – 1st wave starts in Vicar Lane

9.40am – 2nd wave warm up

9.48am – Elite wheelchair winner expected at the finish line

9.50am – 2nd wave starts in Vicar Lane

10am – Winner expected at the finish line

10.15am – Presentations at the finish