Fundraising heroics are racing certainty at Leeds running spectacular

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Ready, steady, go – the final countdown has started to this year’s Asda Foundation Leeds 10K race.

Up to 10,000 people will hit the city’s streets on Sunday for one of the North’s top charity runs.

Taking place for the eighth time, the Yorkshire Evening Post-backed event is expected to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity.

Live bands, musicians, singers and dancers will also create a carnival atmosphere for people who turn out to watch the race.

And there will be no shortage of famous faces for the spectators to try to spot as the runners go by.

Well-known names taking part include Leeds Rhinos favourites Barrie McDermott and Keith Senior and former Leeds United star Danny Mills.

Harry Potter film actor Matthew Lewis will be pulling on his running shoes, as will BBC sports reporter and presenter George Riley.

More than 60 staff and students from Thornhill Community Academy – subject of Channel 4’s Educating Yorkshire series – are also tackling the run.

Thornhill headteacher Jonny Mitchell, who will help start the race, said: “Everyone is really looking forward to taking part. It’s a great opportunity for staff and students to support a brilliant event and raise money for an excellent cause.”

Sunday’s race is the flagship 10K staged by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All Group.

Its partner charities are the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Breast Cancer Haven, Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support, Martin House Children’s Hospice and Yorkshire Cancer Research.

The race’s supporters include Clarion, Leeds City Council, Powerade, Muscle Milk,, Heart, Runner’s World and Run247.

Event lead Charlie Tatman said: “The Leeds 10K has once again attracted huge support and we are enormously grateful to all those taking part in aid of so many good causes.”

The big race starts at 9.30am near the Grand Arcade on Vicar Lane in Leeds city centre.

Runners eventually head out on Kirkstall Road before coming back down The Headrow to finish outside Leeds Town Hall.

A number of roads will close from 4am on Sunday but will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.

City centre routes affected will include Great George Street, Calverley Street, Cookridge Street, Merrion Street, Call Lane, Wellington Street and West Street.

For a full list of road closures, visit the website.

Run For All works to continue the fundraising legacy of the late Leeds cancer heroine Jane Tomlinson.


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