Over 1,300 set to take part in Leeds fun run this weekend

BIG TURNOUT: Organisers say this year's event will be the biggest yet.
BIG TURNOUT: Organisers say this year's event will be the biggest yet.
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An annual family fun run is taking place in Roundhay Park this weekend – and organisers say this year’s event will be the largest yet.

Over 1,300 people are expected to flock to the park for the Roundhay Primary Schools’ Run for Fun.

The event takes place on Saturday, June 24 at 9am.

Bringing together children and family members from primary schools in the area, competitors will be taking on either the 1km or 5km races.

Established by volunteers, the run first kicked off in 2005 with the idea of encouraging children from local schools in Leeds to be more active.

Veronica Shackleton, chair of the organising committee, said: “It is important for us as parents to inspire our children to enjoy outdoor activities.

“This event is the perfect way for children as young as four to start to compete in a friendly environment.

The excitement builds more every year.”

Angela Phillip is headteacher at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Primary School, one of the schools that is taking part in the event.

She said: “The Roundhay Schools Fun Run complements and enhances our daily mile progress runs.

“Our pupils love running; many are involved in the cross country team and others participate in the junior Park Run.

“We believe that physically active children are better learners, with greater resilience and positivity.

“We are encouraging as many of our families as possible to be involved in this event.”

Each school will get a split of the money raised – usually around £500 each, before any personal sponsorships.

As part of the event, fruit and water will also be provided at the finish line with medals for all juniors complete the run.

Sponsors of the event are Preston Baker, Blacks Solicitors, Yorkshire Water, Sikh Sports UK and Robinson Developments.