Fans invited to join fun run in memory of tragic ex-Leeds player

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LEEDS United supporters can pull on their trainers and hit the road in memory of former player Gary Speed.

A 10k fun run is being held in Colwyn Bay on Sunday, July 13, as a tribute to the late Welsh international.

The fundraising race is being staged by Colwyn Bay FC, where Speed’s father Roger is a patron.

Organisers are hoping fans from far and wide will turn out to show how much ‘Speedo’ continues to mean to them. They are also calling on supporters taking part in the run to wear their club colours on the day.

Colwyn Bay vice-president John Martin said: “From the initial reaction I’ve had, this promises to be huge and could possibly become an annual event in the town as a tribute to a great north Wales sports star.”

Flintshire-born Speed started his career with Leeds and went on to make more than 300 appearances for the club.

He formed part of the famed midfield quartet that proved instrumental in United’s 1991-92 First Division title win.

Speed, who also had spells with Newcastle United, Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield United, was found hanged at his home in Cheshire in 2011, aged 42. His death prompted a huge outpouring of grief across the football world, with a sea of flowers and shirts being laid outside United’s Elland Road ground.

Speed’s parents attended a friendly fixture last summer between Leeds’s development squad and Colwyn Bay. They met both sets of players before the match, with United also handing over a shirt to the Speeds in honour of their son. Taking place on the day of the World Cup final, the 10k run will start at 11am from Colwyn Bay’s stadium. For more details, visit www.colwynbayfc.co.uk.

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