At Run For All, we are delighted to have been invited to join The Yorkshire Society. Saying that we love Yorkshire would be an understatement: being based in Leeds is a huge part of our identity, and we’re so proud to have been offering well-organised and inclusive running events to the people of the whole county for the past 15 years.
Throughout this time, hundreds of thousands of people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities have taken part in our events, and millions of pounds have been raised for a huge range of charities as well. We are so proud of who we are, as well as all our runners and the difference they make to the local community.
Run For All started in 2007 with the launch of the Leeds 10K – an event that we look forward to celebrating the 15-year anniversary of on Sunday 3rd July. Our founder, Jane Tomlinson, completed several endurance challenges and raised £1.8 million for charity while battling terminal cancer, and she created the Leeds 10K so that her fundraising efforts could continue after she was gone.
The first Leeds 10K was so successful that we expanded – we now offer many running events in Yorkshire and further afield. While we love all our events, local ones like the Yorkshire Marathon Festival, Yorkshire Dales Festival, and of course the Leeds 10K are always close to our heart. We are proud to provide an opportunity for hundreds of thousands of people in the county to gain confidence, enjoy time with their family and friends, have fun, raise money for causes that are important to them, and so much more.
Next year, we have a brand-new event coming up: the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon, which will take place for the first time on Sunday 14th May 2023. To create this new marathon, we have teamed up with former Leeds Rhinos players Rob Burrow MBE and Kevin Sinfield OBE. Both of these accomplished athletes are rugby legends in Yorkshire and beyond, as well as inspirational charity fundraisers, and we are incredibly lucky to have had their support in launching this event.
The Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon starts and finishes at Headingley Stadium and will see thousands of participants take on a new route in and around Leeds to raise money for Rob Burrow. He has been battling motor neurone disease (MND) since 2019, and we are honoured to pay tribute to him in his home city while also raising money and awareness for others suffering from this disease.
While the marathon is in support of the Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Appeal and the MND Association, entrants are encouraged to raise money for a charity of their choice or for one of our partner charities.
We would like to thank The Yorkshire Society and all its members for supporting the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon, as well as our other events. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or have never even considered doing a race, we would love to see you at one of our start lines! No matter your age, ability, or background, you are always most welcome to come and take part, and we can’t wait to see you there.
Speaking for the Society, Philip Bell, Chief Exec. said “We’re looking forward to be working with Run For All, which the Society has, until now, had indirect links with; a Yorkshire Society plaque to commemorate the life and fundraising efforts of Jane Tomlinson is located on the Headrow in Leeds, and both Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield are recent recipients of a Yorkshire Award from the Society. The two organisations will work together to both raise funds for charity and bring the people of Yorkshire together”.
Please visit the RUN FOR ALL website to see what events are coming up, and to get involved for a very worthy cause.