Ten years since its launch and the running total for the charity funds raised by the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K now stands at over £4 million. Sunday’s (9 July) race, which is part of the lasting legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson CBE, will ensure that this amount rises even further, with up to 7,000 competitors expected to take part in one of the region’s central sporting events.
A host of recognisable faces will be present at the start line at Vicar Lane on Sunday, including former rugby league stars Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock, Barrie McDermott and Terry O'Connor. Emmerdale actress Michelle Hardwick, former England and Leeds United defender Danny Mills and Educating Yorkshire teacher Matthew Burton have all confirmed their participation.
While fundraising will be a central part of the day, the 10k, modified in 2013 for a faster and flatter course, has been known to produce some speedy finishes. Last year saw Leeds City’s Jamil Parapia cross the line first in 31:51, with Ian Mitchell second (32:39) and Phillip Tedd third (32:48). Hannah Oldroyd put in a fine performance to finish first in the female field in 36:54, with Beth Garland second (38:27) and Nicky Steel third (40:25).
Sunday’s route will see runners start at the top of the Vicar Lane, opposite the Grand Arcade, and move towards Call Lane and Sovereign Street, along Wellington Street and out along Kirkstall Road. Participants will then return into town back along Kirkstall Road and continue into the city to finish outside Leeds Town Hall on The Headrow.
On the enduring success of 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."