The Multi Sports website, Sporting Life (pictured below) was celebrating after romping to victory in one of Leeds’ most popular sporting challenges, the Clarion Leeds 10K Team Challenge.
The Team Challenge, which took place on Sunday 18th June, is a hugely popular feature of one of the region’s biggest and best-loved charity road runs, the Leeds 10K.
The Team Challenge element of the day saw thirty-two teams of all sizes battle it out to be crowned Team Challenge Champions. Rather than competing as individuals, teams worked collectively to cross the line in the quickest combined time.
The times of the first three team members home are used to calculate the results. Sporting Life won in an impressive time of 00:34:02 ahead of Mazars Accountants who came second in an impressive time of 00:40:26. Chartered Accountants and Tax Advisors, Simpson Wood ranked third with a time of 00:41:06, ahead of fourth place Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, RSM Leeds who finished with a time of 00:50:54.
Records were also broken as Heather Townsend, part of Team Sporting Life crossed the line in the fastest time for a female at a Leeds 10K. Heather crossed the finish line in a record time of 00:34:02.
Clarion’s title sponsorship builds on the leading law firm’s long-standing support of Run For All, having supported the event since its inaugural year in 2007.
Roger Hutton, Joint Managing Partner at Clarion: “Congratulations to all teams that took part this year. Sporting Life and the other winning teams should be very proud of their achievements and impressive times. The enthusiasm and spirit all the teams bring to the event every year is incredibly motivating and the atmosphere created by the supporters continues to make this an event we are immensely proud to be part of.”
Siobhan Curtis, Marketing and Communications Director at Run For All said: “It was wonderful to see teams of all sizes and combinations from across Yorkshire come together to take part in the Team Challenge. Congratulations to Sporting Life on their wonderful effort. We invite teams of all sizes and combinations to join us in 2024, whether that be a business looking for a team building exercise or a group of friends looking for an opportunity to fundraise for a cause close to their heart. We look forward to seeing you all on the start line next year!”
The day also saw thousands of runners of all abilities and ages take part the hugely popular Leeds 10K. Organised by Run For All, in partnership with Leeds City Council, the Leeds 10K has been a firm favourite in the City’s event calendar for the past sixteen years.
Some came for a personal challenge, a few hoped to win and others simply aimed to get around the course, but all helped make the event a brilliant success, with thousands of pounds raised for many local and national charities.
As part of the event, runners were encouraged to fundraise for their own charity of choice or one of the event’s partner charities. This year’s partner charities included The Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Leeds Hospitals Charity, Leeds Mind, Macmillan Cancer Support, St George’s Crypt and Candlelighters.
Another huge standout moment of the day, Rob Burrow MBE , wife Lindsey and children Macy, Maya and Jackson were joined by groups of families, schools and friends at the Arena Group Leeds Mini and Junior run. A great way for parents and children to stay active and healthy together, children were encouraged to fundraise for the event’s main partner charity, Martin House.
Potential participants and teams are encouraged to go to www.runforall.com to enter next year’s event.
Photography by Run For All. Cover image: The Burrow family.