Teamwork the key for Leeds company’s super staff

Jane Tomlinson's widower Mike in training with Team Asda.
Jane Tomlinson's widower Mike in training with Team Asda.
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Big-hearted staff at Leeds supermarket giant Asda have really come up with the goods for a much-loved city fundraising cause.

Around 830 of the company’s employees have signed up for at least one of a series of 10K charity races being staged this summer by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All group.

Team Asda will have about 550 staff taking part in the Yorkshire Evening Post-backed Leeds 10K alone when it is held on Sunday, July 20.

Other places hosting Run For All 10K events over the next couple of months include Burnley and York.

Another race was held in Hull yesterday, attracting an estimated field of more than 5,000.

The Leeds, Burnley, York and Hull runs are all backed by the Asda Foundation, established in 1988 to assist good causes across the UK.

Foundation manager Julie Ward said: “As supporters of the 10K series, we obviously encourage our colleagues to take part.

“But it is absolutely brilliant to see quite so many colleagues taking on a challenge.

“Many more will be volunteering and supporting the runners on the day and their efforts are also much appreciated.

We wish them all the best of luck – many very worthy causes will benefit.”

Run For All events manager Lynne Preston said: “It’s fantastic to see how huge Team Asda has grown – what a great effort! We can’t wait to see them on the day.”

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

Mum-of-three Jane, from Rothwell, raised millions for good causes by running marathons and conquering other endurance challenges before her death in 2007.

Places are still available in the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K.

For further information, visit the website.

*A drink called Muscle Milk Protein has been named the official ‘recovery product’ of the Asda Foundation 10K runs and the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon.

Bottles of the high-protein, low-sugar shake are being included in thousands of goody bags that will be handed out at the finish of the events.

Muscle Milk Protein’s European and UK general manager, Klaus Graf, said today: “We are very much looking forward to our involvement with the high-profile events organised by Run For All.”

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