Run in the sun for the Leeds 10K

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PINEAPPLES, dragons and gingerbread men were among the thousands of runners who took to the streets of Leeds today for Jane Tomlinson’s Run for All Leeds 10K.

Serious runners and elite wheelchair athletes there to establish new personal bests were joined by thousands more raising money for a wide range of charities.

A runner high-fives the crowd during the Leeds 10K

A runner high-fives the crowd during the Leeds 10K

European featherweight champion boxer Josh Warrington, former Leeds Rhino Barrie McDermott and former Leeds United star Danny Mills were among the city’s sporting celebrities taking part in the event.

Other famous names taking on the challenging course included Emmerdale star Michelle Hardwick and Matthew Burton, who rose to fame through Channel 4’s Educating Yorkshire documentary.

Josh, who helped start the event, told the crowd with tongue firmly in cheek of his hope to finish the course in ten minutes.

And while nobody quite achieved that feat, there were plenty of impressive times posted by the runners who cheered as they crossed the start line in Vicar Lane before winding their way past the Corn Exchange and through the city centre before heading down Kirkstall Road and returning to finish on The Headrow

A pineapple was one of the many costumes on display at the Leeds 10K

A pineapple was one of the many costumes on display at the Leeds 10K

It was the ninth running of the Leeds 10K, the flagship event staged by Run for All, the organisation set up as part of the legacy of Jane Tomlinson, the inspirational Leeds woman who defied her terminal cancer diagnosis to take on a series of challenges raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity.

On Saturday, Leeds Dock was the venue for the Arena Group Leeds Mini and Junior Run coveriing 1.5K and 2.5K respectively.

Alisha Laidler and Harvey Norden, the winners of the junior run both came from the Rothwell Harriers athletic club.

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