A Leeds woman who has shed more than six-stone since taking up running just over a year ago will tackle the Asda Foundation Leeds 10k this Sunday to raise cash for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Geologist Liz Leeson, who last April tipped the scales at 16st 8lbs, used to have to allow extra time for her short walk to work in Leeds city centre as it took so long.
That was before 5ft 3in tall Miss Leeson, 24, decided to embark on the NHS ‘Couch to 5k’ programme and alter her eating habits and start exercising.
She is now a committed runner and this Sunday’s YEP-backed Leeds 10k will be her first official race.
Miss Leeson, who currently weighs 10st 4lb, said: “Running is the cheapest and easiest way to get into exercise because you can just put your trainers on and go – you don’t have to pay a gym membership.
“Now, if people ask me to go out for a walk I don’t have to worry that I won’t be able to do it.
“I’m excited about the Leeds 10k, it is something I have always wanted to do. I would really like to do the Leeds Half Marathon next year. That is my next goal.”
The ninth annual Asda Foundation Leeds 10k, organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All, will start on Vicar Lane at 9.30am and finish outside Leeds Town Hall.
The Leeds 10k has raised well over £2.5m since it was first held in 2007.
On Saturday, hundreds of youngsters will head to Leeds Dock to take part in the free-to-enter Arena Group Leeds Mini and Junior Run, one of the region’s biggest charity running events for children.
For more details and to sign up, go to www.runforall.com