Runners hit the streets for 25th celebrations in Leeds

The Pudsey fun run for under-eights in Pudsey Park. Pics: Anna Gowthorpe.
The Pudsey fun run for under-eights in Pudsey Park. Pics: Anna Gowthorpe.
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HUNDREDS of fitness fans have been pounding the pavements to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

Runners had an extra special reason to take part in the Pudsey 10k race this year, as the annual event celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Runners pass Pudsey Parish Church in The Puma Pudsey10k.

Runners pass Pudsey Parish Church in The Puma Pudsey10k.

More than 700 participants are believed to have taken part in the huge fundraiser, which sees runners race along various courses through the suburb in west Leeds.

It is hoped that £4,000 will be raised for Marie Curie Cancer Care from the charity run this year.

The event, which was today (June 21), is organised by Pudsey Pacers.

John Marshall from Pudsey Pacers said the running club has been supporting the charity for a number of years, and they hope to smash their impressive fundraising goal.

He said: “With our special anniversary in mind we would like to make an extra big effort to bring the total funds raised for Marie Curie by Pudsey Pacers over the years up to a total of £25,000.”

The club, which formed in 1992, has over 200 members ranging in age from 18 to over 70.

The Pudsey 10k event includes three races of different lengths.

The run for under eights was the first to get underway yesterday, setting off from Pudsey Park at 9.30am yesterday.

It was quickly followed by a 2.75k family fun run, which started at Pudsey Cenotaph at 10am.

Finally the Puma Pudsey 10k set off from the cenotaph at 10.45am.

Pudsey Leisure Centre acted as the race headquarters for all three events on the day.

For more information about any of the runs, or to sign up, you can visit the Pudsey Pacers website at www.pudseypacers.com.

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