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Leeds 10k gets underway

The new 10k route, which is being tried out for the first time today

One of the biggest 10k races in Yorkshire has got underway.

The Asda Foundation Leeds 10K, organised by Jane Tomlinson's Run For All - began at 9.30am - on one of the warmest days of the year, with the temperature expected to stay around 24 degrees.

Up to 10,000 runners are currently pounding the pavement, doing the new route, designed to be flatter and faster than in previous years.

In its seventh year, the event launched by the late Jane Tomlinson CBE has so far raised more than £2m for charity.

Football star supports Run For All

Danny Mills encourages people to sign up for 10k

Former England and Leeds United player Danny Mills is encouraging people to sign up for Run For All 10k events in Yorkshire.

The 10k events are part of the legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson CBE who raised almost £2m for charity by taking part in a series of incredible physical challenges, despite suffering from incurable cancer.

Danny said: “Jane Tomlinson was such an inspiration to so many people – me included. The 10Ks are part of her enduring legacy and I hope people are encouraged to take part in these fantastic events this Spring and summer.

"I’ve run the Leeds 10K a few times and I’m running again this year. The atmosphere is like nothing else and I’m really looking forward to it.”

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Brand new route for Leeds 10k

The new Leeds 10k route Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The new route for the Leeds 10k run, has been revealed today. Launched by the inspirational Jane Tomlinson in 2007, organisers say the race will be flatter and faster for 2013. It will start and finish in Leeds city centre and take in some of the city's most iconic landmarks.

It begins near the Grand Arcade in Vicar Lane and will go down through The Calls, past City Square and the famous Black Prince statue, along Wellington Street and onto Kirkstall Road

It then loops back on itself, bringing race goers back towards the Headrow for the grand finish outside Leeds Town Hall.

For more information click here.

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Thousands sign up for York marathon

Nearly all places for York’s first marathon have been filled in just two days.

The event, on October 20, is organised by a new company under the Jane Tomlinson’s For All Events umbrella. Entries have come from across the UK, France, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, the USA and even the Bahamas.

We are absolutely thrilled with the response to the launch. We knew it would be popular, but even we could not anticipate entries flooding in quite as quickly as they have.

“The whole of Yorkshire and beyond has got behind the marathon – from runners, to the local authorities, the University of York right down to shopkeepers who have pledged to help support our athletes en route.”

– A Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon spokesman

Runners can raise funds for any cause of their choice or one of the event’s partner charities.

Over 3500 runners sign up for Yorkshire Marathon

More than 3500 thousand runners have already signed up for the first Yorkshire Marathon just 36 hours after it was launched.

Organiser Mike Tomlinson says he's never known one of the Jane Tomlinson For All events take off in this way and that the sign-up has already exceeded expectations. Runners from Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean have already bagged a place.

It takes place in York in October and is the biggest event in memory of Mike's wife Jane since she lost her battle with cancer in 2007.

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