Leeds school team take charity road race honours

BEST FOOT FORWARD: Mike Tomlinson with some of the runners from Cockburn High School in Leeds.

BEST FOOT FORWARD: Mike Tomlinson with some of the runners from Cockburn High School in Leeds.

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A SOUTH Leeds school took top honours in a charity road race for a second year running.

Cockburn School in Beeston won the team event in the secondary school challenge section of the Jane Tomlinson Arena Group Junior and Mini Run.

Forty pupils from the school were among the record 1,500 youngsters who took part in the event.

They set off from Millennium Square on a 2.5km circuit on May 8, in conjunction with the Leeds Half Marathon.

Mike Tomlinson, whose wife Jane launched the Run for All events while bravely battling terminal cancer, paid tribute to Cockburn.

He said: “It’s great that they have won for the second year in a row. The school is in an area that we are really keen to attract runners from.

“Staff have really made an effort to give the kids a chance to get involved in athletics activities that they don’t always have the opportunity to do. Hopefully it will inspire them to keep on with these types of events in future.”

The annual event, the biggest free children’s run in the country, is held to raise money for the refurbishment of the children’s waiting area in the paediatric x-ray and ultrasound department at Leeds General Infirmary.

It has grown since the inaugural run two years ago,

Points are handed out to the first five runners from each school team to cross the line. The winner is the school with the highest points total. Cockburn won a video camera.

Mr Tomlinson said the money raised was still being counted, but hundreds of pounds in sponsorship had already been donated.

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