This Sunday (12 July) will see the 9th edition of the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K with up to 10,000 runners expected to take part. The event, the flagship race of the Jane Tomlinson Run For All series, has become known for its incredible contributions to charity, with over £2.5 million raised since it was first held in 2007.
The 10K route, modified in 2013, for a faster and flatter course, starts at the top of the Vicar Lane, opposite the Grand Arcade, and takes competitors towards Call Lane and Sovereign Street, along Wellington Street and out along Kirkstall Road.
Runners will turn and return into town back along Kirkstall Road and continue into the city to finish outside Leeds Town Hall on The Headrow. Last year’s race saw Nathaniel Williams secure top spot in a time of 31:43, with Pauline Munro successfully defending her title in the female competition in 35:34.
Among the thousands taking part will be hundreds of businessmen and women in the Clarion Leeds 10K Corporate Challenge – a race within a race – in which teams compete to lift the title of the fastest firm in the city. Roger Hutton at Clarion said: “There has been a tremendous response from the Leeds business community this year and we have hit record numbers for the Corporate Challenge.”
“We would like to thank all the organisations that have entered and we wish everyone the best of luck on Sunday. There is always a great atmosphere on the day and a real buzz of friendly rivalry among teams, but most importantly we just want everyone to enjoy themselves whilst raising money for fabulous causes.”