After its disappointing performance in South Africa, France has unexpectedly brought home the World Cup " that's the trophy for winning the Leeds 10K World Cup themed table football extravaganza held at the Queen's Hotel last night (30 June).
After its disappointing performance in South Africa, France has unexpectedly brought home the World Cup – that’s the trophy for winning the Leeds 10K World Cup themed table football extravaganza held at the Queen’s Hotel.
Organised by the Run For All team, in partnership with legal firm Clarion, more than 32 corporate teams who are participating in this year’s Clarion Corporate Challenge, part of Jane Tomlinson’s Leeds 10K, took part in the pre-race networking event.
With each team representing a country from this year’s World Cup, competitors battled it out in a knockout table football competition with Leeds 10K organisers Run For All stepping in at the last minute with a substitute team in place of Asda to represent France. The team competed in a nail-biting final against sports marketing agency Banana Kick in the guise of Netherlands before emerging victorious after a hard-fought 7-6 win.
Legendary referee Mike Riley oversaw the proceedings and guests included a team from Leeds Rhinos who – in a change of sport – also battled for the trophy. Guest speaker was rugby legend John Bentley and ITV presenters Christine Talbot and Duncan Wood acted as comperes for the evening.
Mike Tomlinson says: “After England’s disappointing performance in the World Cup, it was a fantastic opportunity to enjoy some more football fever ahead of the run on Sunday. Almost 50 businesses from across the region will be taking part in this year’s Leeds 10K and it was great to see so many companies entering into the team spirit.”
Roger Hutton, senior partner at Leeds-based Clarion, commented: “It was great to see so many Yorkshire companies battling it out across the table football table in round one of the Corporate Challenge. We look forward to further friendly rivalry as the teams don their trainers and pound the streets of Leeds on Sunday.
“We’re proud to be sponsoring the Corporate Challenge once again and delighted to see the continued support of the business community for this fantastic event.”
Jane Tomlinson’s Leeds 10k is organised by the Jane Tomlinson Appeal which raises money for children’s and cancer charities. The events partner charities include Martin House, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Yorkshire Cancer Centre, Macmillan and Sparks. To Date over £3million has been raised and Jane’s family led by Mike Tomlinson is determined to continue the great work she started.
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- The Jane Tomlinson Leeds 10K was set up by Jane Tomlinson and her family in 2007 to stand as her fundraising legacy.
- Jane Tomlinson CBE (1964 -2007) from Leeds was diagnosed with incurable cancer in 2000. Despite her pain and illness Jane participated in a number of high profile endurance challenges to raise money for charity, including a number of marathons, and Ironman Triathlon and a 4,800 mile bike ride across America. Before her death in September 2007 she had raised £1.85million for charity. The charity is now aiming for £5 million. www.janesappeal.com