leeds-born European boxing champion Josh Warrington helped the city’s annual 10k run get off to a knockout start.
The featherweight hero will pound the streets alongside thousands of runners on Sunday, July 12, in the name of charity.
Organised by Run For All, the Asda Foundation Leeds 10k is part of the lasting legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson CBE.
Despite being diagnosed with incurable breast cancer. Jane raised almost £2m for charity after participating in a series of sporting challenges.
Josh said: “Jane Tomlinson is a massive inspiration for the city and I think the event brings people out of the woodwork, they know what Jane went through, her courage and determination meant she was able to raise a lot of money and leave an incredible legacy.
“I think that is a huge motivation for people to get involved and that is why I’m running in it because it’s a fantastic cause.”
Participants can raise money for a charity of their choice or support one of the event’s ten partner charities.
Maxine Morton-Green, Asda’s community colleague in Morley store, said: “We had 800 Asda employee’s take part last year, we think we are going to thrash last year’s total because we already have more interest.
“The Tour de France has had a knock on effect, it has encouraged them to get involved in other sporting causes which is a real pat on the back for Yorkshire.”
There is a chance for local companies to compete in the Clarion Leeds 10K Corporate Challenge, a race within the run. The times of the first three members of each team are used to calculate the winner of the Corporate Challenge. Siobhan Curtis, legacy manager for The Jane Tomlinson Appeal, said: “Jane’s legacy just keeps growing, what is fantastic is it isn’t just about the money her legacy encourages people to put their trainers on and set themselves a challenge.”
Josh added: “I’ve always said Leeds is one of the greatest cities in the world and all the support and people getting behind the event proves that.”
To sign up for the Leeds 10K, please go to: www.runforall.com