On Sunday 10 July, up to 10,000 runners are expected to mark the 10th staging of the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K. The event is the flagship race of the Run For All Series and is part of the lasting legacy of the inspirational Jane Tomlinson CBE, who founded the race in 2007.
A host of well-known faces, including Emmerdale actress Michelle Hardwick, Leeds United legend Eddie Gray and Rugby League’s Barrie McDermott, were on hand to launch the 10k last week, with entries also now open for the race.
Speaking at the launch of the race, Jane’s husband Mike Tomlinson commented: “I feel very lucky to be helping to launch the 10th Leeds 10K. Jane would have been thrilled that after so long, the event continues to grow. On 10 July 2006, Jane was cycling across the Nevada desert to raise money to launch the first Leeds 10K. 10 years later, it seems that that effort has been worthwhile.”
The 10K route, modified in 2013 for a faster and flatter course, 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.
The event has become known for its incredible fundraising pull, with over £2.5 million raised since it was first held in 2007. More information on the race, including entry details, is available here.