Runner gets daughter to join in the Tomlinson 10k event

VETERAN runner Steve Cooper will be urging on his daughter, a first-time runner, in this year's Jane Tomlinson Leeds 10k run.

Mr Cooper, 59, a semi-retired teacher, has run seven marathons during 25 years of raising money for Mencap, the learning disability charity.

His daughter Ruth, 31, and her boyfriend Nick Rowan, who live in Hyde Park, Leeds, are currently in training for what will be their first proper run.

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Mr Cooper and his son Robert are also running the London Marathon on April 25 and hope to raise several thousand pounds for Mencap from the two runs.

"Robert and I ran the Paris marathon two years ago and raised 2,000. My eldest son Michael has learning disabilities. I have been raising money for Mencap for 25 years."

He describes Ruth and Nick as "new converts" to running whom he "dragged into it".

Mrs Tomlinson, 43, from Rothwell, raised more than 1.75m through gruelling endurance events before losing her seven-year battle with cancer in 2007.

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After her death tributes flooded in from across the country and Prime Minister Gordon Brown described her as a "daily inspiration" with "amazing spirit and strength".

The Jane Tomlinson Leeds 10K was set up to stand as her fundraising legacy and the Yorkshire Post is a media partner in the event.

He will be travelling up from his home in Dorset for the Run for All event on Sunday, July 4.

The 2009 event raised 300,000 for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and the Leeds 10K partner charities: Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, Macmillan, Martin House Children's Hospice, the children's medical charity Sparks and Yorkshire Cancer Centre.

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Yorkshire's business community is also being asked to support of the 10K run.

The Clarion Solicitors Corporate Challenge is a key part of the event and this year a special corporate package will be available.

Anyone wanting to enter next year's run should visit To find out more about the corporate event, contact [email protected] or phone 0113 812 9100.