Children dashing to join Jane Tomlinson’s run

Participants in the 2010 Jane Tomlinson Arena Group Junior Run set off.
Participants in the 2010 Jane Tomlinson Arena Group Junior Run set off.
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IT’S one of the biggest events for children ever staged in Leeds.

Around 1,500 youngsters will take to the city’s streets on May 8 for the Yorkshire Evening Post-backed Jane Tomlinson Arena Mini and Junior Run.

And, only three weeks since entries opened, a third of the free places have already been snapped up.

Today, organiser Mike Tomlinson, widower of cancer fundraiser and campaigner Jane, urged schools, clubs other groups to sign up fast.

Mike, 49, from Rothwell, Leeds, said: “It’s great that a third of places have already gone but there’s plenty of spaces left for children to get signed up.

“With the Olympics coming up, we hope that kids will be inspired to take part in a mass-participation run.

“It would be great to get lots of schools involved and sports groups of all ages competing against each other.

“Lots of clubs need to raise money and this would be a great way of doing it – and much more fun for the kids than packing bags in supermarkets.”

Like last year, all 1,500 children can run for free thanks to the sponsor, the Arena Group.

Youngsters taking part in the event are simply encouraged to raise just a small amount of money for a charity of their own choosing.

Those who choose to raise money for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal will help to pay for the refurbishment of two children’s wards – wards 48 and 48a – at Leeds General Infirmary, where Jane used to work.

The Jane Tomlinson Arena Mini and Junior Run takes place on the same day as the Leeds Half Marathon and sets off from Millennium Square, Leeds city centre.

There are two courses for children of different ages: the junior run is for nine to 14-year-olds and is 2.5km long; the mini run is aimed at three to eight-year-olds and is 1.5km long.

For the mini run, there needs to be at least one adult per two children. The adults also run for free.

l Go to to register for the event.

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