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Business rivals prepare to do battle in the region's biggest corporate challenge

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They’re used to doing battle in the boardroom. But now scores of Yorkshire companies are preparing for skirmish on the streets of Leeds as they get ready to take part in this year’s Clarion Leeds 10K Corporate Challenge.

The hotly-contested competition – part of the popular Asda Foundation Leeds 10K - is the biggest corporate challenge in the region, each year attracting hundreds of businessmen and women who pit both their wits and physical prowess against each other. 

Teams who sign up to take part, will not only challenge each other to be first past the finishing post in this year’s Leeds 10K on Sunday, July 14, they will also use their brain and brawns to be crowned winners of a Cryptic Quest event at a special pre-race networking night.

Entries for the Clarion Corporate Challenge were officially opened today when the event was launched in Leeds city centre by Clarion – loyal sponsors of the challenge for the last seven years – Run For All and representatives from Halifax-based Leo Group, who were the biggest fundraisers in last year’s event.

Clarion Senior Partner Roger Hutton said: “Seven years on this is the event that just keeps on growing. The Clarion Corporate Challenge has really caught the imagination of the Yorkshire business community – organisations successfully combine employee engagement with some good old fashioned business competition!

“It is important for us to be part of this event as it creates a wonderful sense of community spirit in the region. Building on what is fast becoming an amazing couple of years for Yorkshire sport we would love to see even more businesses getting involved.”

Run For All’s Mike Tomlinson said: “The Clarion Corporate Challenge goes from strength to strength every year and has become a key event in the business calendar in Leeds.
“It’s a great fun event that is great for team-building and firing up colleagues’ competitive spirits! We’re grateful as always for Clarion’s very loyal support.”

Last year the Leo Group entered a team of 10 runners and brought in an impressive £4,897 for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. This year, Leo Group are aiming even higher and will share funds raised between the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Macmillan, Martin House Children’s Hospice, Leeds Children’s Hospital, the Alzheimer’s Society and Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Leo Group’s group property manager Brian Maguire said the company was thrilled to be a part of the Clarion Corporate Challenge.
He said: “We had a great time last year and are already looking forward to this year’s event. It brought us closer as a team and we all encouraged each other in getting out training and raising money for a really worthwhile cause.

“This year we want to beat what we raised last year. Our managing director Danny Sawrij has a keen sense of social responsibility which is promoted though the Leo Group Community Fund. Last year, in total, we raised over £100,000 for charities.”

Leo’s runners completed the 10K event (6.2miles) course in a collective time of 02:15:47.

Entry to the corporate challenge for a team of 10 runners is £550, or smaller firms can enter a team of five for £275. Go to www.runforall.com for more details or to register.
General entries are also now open for the 2013 Leeds 10K. Those up for an extra challenge can register for the Yorkshire Season Ticket and take on all three of our 10K events in Hull, Leeds and York. Visit www.runforall.com for more details.

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For more information, contact senior press officer Vicki Robinson on 0113 826 7764.