Firms urged to be in the running to help raise charity cash

YORKSHIRE businesses are being urged to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for good causes by supporting the Jane Tomlinson Leeds 10K, the region's largest mass participation running event.

Sponsored by Leeds-based law firm Clarion, the event's Corporate Challenge gives local business people the chance to improve their fitness and provide a massive financial boost for a charity of their choice.

Clarion and Jane Tomlinson's Run For All are encouraging companies from across the region to join in this year's event which will be held on Sunday, June 19.

Roger Hutton, senior partner at Clarion, said: "We have sponsored the run for the last five years and it has really caught the imagination of local people – it's always great to see thousands running through the streets of Leeds to raise money for their chosen charity, cheered on by many more."

The race, which was established in 2007, takes place each year to stand as Jane Tomlinson's fundraising legacy.

Mrs Tomlinson, 43, from Rothwell, near Leeds, lost her seven-year battle with cancer in September 2007. Despite being terminally ill, she took part in a large number of gruelling charity challenges, including a sponsored bicycle ride across America.

Mike Tomlinson, Jane's husband, said: "This is the fifth year of the event and the Corporate Challenge has grown at a speed we couldn't have imagined in 2007."

Rensburg Sheppards, the fastest corporate team in last year's Corporate Challenge has already signed up for the 2011 event.

The corporate package is available for an entry of 500, enabling businesses to sign up between three and 10 people. It includes company branded T-shirts; inclusion on the 10K website; hospitality and networking events; team photography; and corporate prizes. To enter or to find out more, contact or phone 0113 812 9100.

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, Yorkshire Cancer Research, Macmillan, Alzheimer's Society and Leeds Children's Hospital Appeal. So far more than 3m has been raised. The Yorkshire Post is a media partner in the Leeds 10K event.