Paralympic star to line up for 10th annual Leeds 10k race

Jade Jones.
Jade Jones.
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Great Britain Paralympian Jade Jones is to take part in this year’s Asda Foundation Leeds 10K next month.

And the 20-year-old, who represented Great Britain at the 2012 London Paralympics, will be joined in the race on July 10 by her fiancée Callum Hall, of Leeds, who was left paralysed after stepping on a sea urchin while diving off the Greek island of Skiathos in 2012.

Mr Hall, 23, is now coached by former wheelchair athlete Ian Thompson. The couple live in Leeds.

Miss Jones, who also represented England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 
in 2014, was born with a disability.

She took up wheelchair racing following a visit to her school in Middlesbrough by Tanni Grey-Thompson, one of the UK’s most successful ever disabled athletes who won of a total of 16 Paralympic medals.

Miss Jones said: “I am really looking forward to taking part in the Leeds 10K. It’s a great opportunity to compete alongside Callum. I’m sure there will be a bit of banter and it should be really good fun.”

Mr Hall added: “The Leeds 10K has a great reputation and I know there’s always a great atmosphere. It will be a fantastic experience to race through the streets of my home city and I’m sure there will be lots of support.”

The Leeds 10K which is celebrating its 10th anniversary and thousands of people will be on the start line. Miss Jones will be going for glory again, after winning the Leeds 10K wheelchair race in 2015.

The event is part of the lasting legacy of the late inspirational Jane Tomlinson, who was from Rothwell, Leeds, and founded the charity road race in 2007 shortly before she died in 2007, seven years after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Tens of thousands of runners have raised millions for good causes across Leeds, Yorkshire and beyond. It is estimated the race has raised more than £4m for charities.