ORGANISER Andrew Beadnall hopes to attract 2,000 people to run next Sunday’s Bramham Park Fun Run.
The property tycoon won’t be one of them – but there’s no denying his huge enthusiasm for the event even in light of a torn tendon in his shoulder.
Beadnall – founder of estate agent Beadnall & Copley – is once again leading the publicity charge ahead of the 2014 event which will be the 16th of its kind. Set up by fund-raiser Ann Newton – the event raises money for cancer research based at St James’ Hospital in Leeds with every penny achieved through sponsorship going to the cause.
And Beadnall – whose organisation pays for the entire costings of the event – hopes that even last year’s totals can be surpassed.
Seven hundred people took part in the event in 2014 – running over either 5km or 10km and helping to raise £15,500 for Cancer Research.
Beadnall said in the aftermath of last year’s event how he hoped to attract 1,000 competitors to the 2014 event – but now the 59-year-old is dreaming of attracting double that number given the inspiration of the entire Ledsham Cricket team who ran the event last year.
The organiser hopes similar rugby, football or fellow cricket teams can follow Ledsham’s lead with Beadnall’s enthusiasm in no shape waning even in light of his current shoulder troubles. Beadnall told the YEP: “Unfortunately I’m suffering. I’ve been doing too much exercise with Martin Shaw and I’ve torn a tendon in my shoulder.
“I’m going to be under the knife for keyhole surgery so at the moment I’m injured.
“I’ve been living in steroid injections and naturally can’t do any exercise because of the jarring of my shoulder. It’s a good excuse anyway!
“But just as Ledsham were running in memory or a fallen team-mate how wonderful would it be if we could get a football team from Tad’ or a cricket team from East Keswick or wherever – if they could turn out and run in memory of one of their mates.
“There must be a rugby team be it league with 13 or union with 15 – there must be teams out there sadly who have lost a member to cancer.
“Just as Ledsham have run around in their whites with a flag, it would be wonderful if we could get some others to do the same.
“What we’re saying is don’t just come on your own – bring three mates with you. And if it’s a family that’s running – bring the in laws with you.
“If it’s somebody working in a office, bring all of your colleagues with you.”
The event’s warm up will again be conducted by Martin Shaw or Martin Shaw Fitness and with 10,000 leaflets having been distributed throughout the area, Beadnall is now only praying for the final piece of the jigsaw – good weather.
“We’re praying that the weather is as good as it has been in previous years,” said Beadnall. “We’ve been so lucky with it being nearly October as every year we’ve had fabulous weather apart from one year when it rained and so we’re hoping that the weather is in our favour.”
But come rain or shine the Bramham Fun Run is here to stay and Beadnall is sat comfortable in the knowledge that every penny raised will go to an extremely special cause.
The south Leeds raised businessman added: “Tragically, cancer affects one in three so if it’s a football team or a cricket team then the chances are that three people in some way whether it’s personally or family have been affected. If everybody from last year brought three people with them then suddenly we’ve hit 2,000 and the sponsorship is all about those people picking up sponsors and with us paying for the whole event there’s no middle man.
“There’s no costings for Cancer Research and we pay for every aspect of the day. The money that comes in its entirety goes to St James’.”
For more info on the 2014 Bramham Fun Run visit www.bramhamparkfunrun.org.uk