Pensioner’s Leeds 10k challenge to keep promise made to cancer victim

Albert Jones in training for this Sunday's Leeds 10k
Albert Jones in training for this Sunday's Leeds 10k
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GREAT grandfather Albert Jones of Morley is set to tackle the ninth annual Leeds 10k this Sunday to keep a promise he made to his terminally ill brother-in-law.

Non-runner Mr Jones, 73, is determined to walk the course to keep the pledge he made to Joe Tate earlier this year as he battled skin cancer.

Joe Tate

Joe Tate

Mr Tate had run every Leeds 10k and had hoped to be taking part in this year’s event.

Tragically, Mr Tate, of Outwood, Wakefield, who finished last year’s Leeds 10k in just over an hour, died aged 70 in March of this year.

Mr Jones, who worked as a driver and drayman for Tetley’s Brewery in Leeds for 15 years, said: “It was a bit of a joke at first because when we took him to St James’s Hospital in January he said he would be doing the Leeds 10k and I said I would do it with him this year.”

“I can’t run, I will admit that, but I can walk. I will walk it pretty fast. I will do it in about 1hr 20 mins all being well.

“I’m looking forward to doing it. Joe was a friend to everybody. If anybody wanted anything doing he would do it. He was just a great bloke.

“He used to keep himself fit. He was out on his road bike every day and he would do the Leeds 10k every year.

Mr Tate’s son Richard will also be taking part in this year’s Leeds 10k.

The ninth annual Asda Foundation Leeds 10k, organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All, will start on Vicar Lane at 9.30am on Sunday and finish outside Leeds Town Hall. The event is part of the lasting legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson CBE who raised almost £2m for charity through a series of endurance challenges, despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer. There will be a four-page pull out on the Leeds 10k in Monday’s edition of the Yorkshire Evening Post. To sign up for the Leeds 10k, go to