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Thousands take on Leeds 10k for charity

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The streets of Leeds City Centre were lined with over 8,000 runners as they took part in Yorkshire’s biggest running event, including the Clarion Corporate Challenge participants.

Now in its 6th year, the Jane Tomlinson’s Asda Foundation Run For All Leeds 10K saw runners, joggers and walkers alike taking on the 6.2 mile challenge.

The top three fastest men and women runners were presented with trophies by one of the country’s greatest Paralympians, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson (DBE) and Judith McKenna, Chief Operating Officer at Asda – the event’s main sponsor.

Baroness Thompson said: “I am so honoured to have been invited to present the awards to the top three runners. This event really is a joy to be a part of and the atmosphere around Leeds is just electric. There were lots of inspirational people out there today and some impressive running times as well.”

Joining the thousands of runners were stars from the TV and sporting worlds including, former Leeds United and England defender, Danny Mills.

He said: “I’m so glad I’ve been able to take part in this today as I think it’s incredible that Jane’s legacy is as strong as ever and that the appeal is helping to raise millions for good causes. The event is a fantastic one to be part of. It’s been a really good day.”

Football referee, Howard Webb joined his fellow officials, Martin Atkinson, Phil Dowd, Mike Jones and Jon Moss, as part of the Clarion Corporate Challenge which saw them going head to head with 42 businesses from around the county.

“I got a few jeers as I went around the course but it was all good fun and it’s been a brilliant day,” said Howard. “As you’re running round the course, there’s just so much support and the feeling you get when you’re coming back in towards the finish line is incredible – a real buzz. When I’m refereeing a game, I run approximately 11km in those 90 minutes so to do this in half the time has been a tough challenge but I’ll be back again next year without a doubt!”

The charity has raised around £4.5million since its inaugural Leeds 10K event in 2007.

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