Move your feet at Leeds fun run set to classic hits

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joggers will hot foot it to the dancefloor at a night-time musical fun-run that is making its UK debut in Leeds.

Thousands of people are expected to take part in the Asics Neon Run at Temple Newsam park next month.

The 5km event, started in Australia, sees participants wearing eye-catching outfits and illuminated wristbands and headbands and running to popular current and classic hits.

At intervals around the course there are ‘dance zones’ where they can take a break from running for a boogie.

The event is being brought to the city by former Leeds Metropolitan University student Adam Goodger.

He graduated in events management last year, before landing a job with the company that organises the Neon Run Down Under.

He said the event was a combination of a run and a night out and added: “I love Leeds and I wanted to give something back.

“I’m really excited about it. This will hopefully be the first of many.”

Up to 5,000 people, aged ten and over, could descend on Temple Newsam for the October 18 event.

They will set off in staggered groups between 6.30pm and 8pm.

There are four zones around the course playing a range of music from Britpop to rock and pop.

A bar will be open to participants before and after the run. There will be a DJ dance party at the end of the race, complete with dancers and light show.

Mr Goodger, 24, got involved with the event after spending a semester studying in Melbourne, where he met the current director of Sport 3 Event Management, the company behind Neon Run. He was later made the firm’s UK events operations manager and has organised a triathlon in Leeds before the Neon Run.

“I can’t wait,” he said.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun. I don’t think we’re going to get any serious runners taking part, but it’s a fun way to exercise.”

Entries are open at www.neonrun.org.uk.

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