Former Rhinos legend gets ready to tackle Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon
Former Leeds Rhinos legend Jamie Peacock is in training for a new challenge following his retirement from Rugby League.
Jamie, 38, who hung up his boots last October at the end of the Rhino’s triumphant treble-winning season, will pull on his trainers on Sunday May 8thfor the Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon, officially launched today by the organisers, Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All.
It will be the first half marathon Rugby League’s former Man of Steel has tackled.
Jamie, who captained both Great Britain and England, said: “I know it’s going to be a tough challenge but I’m looking forward to taking on my first half marathon in Leeds. It should provide the perfect motivation to help me keep fit.
“I know the event always attracts lots of spectators and hopefully their support will help me get round the course.”
Runners can join Jamie by signing up now at www.theyorkshiremarathon.com
Charlie Tatman, Event Manager with Run For All, said: “We are delighted Jamie will be among the thousands of people taking part on May 8th. There is always a great buzz in the city on race day and we are confident this year’s event will be another winner.”
James Mahon, Plusnet’s commercial and marketing director, said: “We’re delighted to support for the Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon for a second year. This is a hugely popular event with both runners and spectators which raises fantastic sums of money for some great causes. The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon Series events are great fun and we’re really proud to be part of it.”
Around 9,000 people signed up for last year’s half marathon – the 30th running of the race - raising £150,000 for the event’s partner charities alone. It is estimated that in total the 2015 event raised around £300,000 for good causes.
The route starts in The Headrow, in front of Leeds Town Hall, heads out of the city centre, takes in a section of the Ring Road and returns via Abbey Road and Kirkstall Road before finishing in Cookridge Street alongside Millennium Square.
Councillor Lisa Mulherin, Leeds City Council’s executive member for health, wellbeing and adults, said: “The Leeds Half Marathon always creates a tremendous amount of excitement in the city and it’s very encouraging to see so many people from different walks of life get so enthusiastic about the event year after year.
“Not only is the event raising money for some truly outstanding causes, it’s also giving people that added incentive to get involved with an activity that can be hugely beneficial to their health and wellbeing.
“We’re very proud to support the Half Marathon once again and I wish everyone taking part the best of luck on the day.”
Many of those tasking part will be raising money for the event’s partner charities which this year are the Jane Tomlinson Appeal; Martin House Children’s Hospice; Sue Ryder; St Gemma’s Hospice; Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice; Marie Curie; Overgate Hospice; CLIC Sargent, Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Siobhan Curtis, Jane Tomlinson Appeal legacy manager, said: “As the Appeal was founded in Leeds, the Leeds Half Marathon is a particularly important event for us to continue Jane’s incredible fundraising legacy. We’re welcoming runners to take on this challenge for The Appeal in 2016 to help raise funds for children’s and cancer charities across Leeds and beyond. Being part of the Appeal Team is a great experience – runners receive fantastic support and get to take on the event with their fellow Appeal runners.”
Sharon Evans, Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal’s fundraising development manager, said: “It’s fantastic to be a partner charity with Run For All for the second year. We raised over £10,000 from our runners last year, which is amazing, and with this we have been able to enhance the Leeds Children’s Hospital to make it a more soothing and calming environment for our young patients. So why not dust off your trainers and join our team in 2016? Every penny really does help to make a child’s stay in hospital better, brighter and happier.”
Emily Ford, Macmillan Cancer Support’s regional challenge events programme manager, said: “Macmillan is delighted to be a partner charity at the Leeds Half Marathon 2016. Last year we were able to raise over £60,000 from our incredible runners, this money is already at work helping the lives of people affected by cancer. But we still need your help as by 2030, the number of people living with or beyond cancer in West Yorkshire will fill Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium over three times. Join the green team today and help make a difference for the future.”
Lucy Burnett, fundraising events manager at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, said: “We are thrilled to be a charity partner of Leeds Half Marathon again this year. The support we have received from the Leeds Half Marathon over recent years has been fantastic, helping us to raise thousands of pounds and raise our profile both on a local and regional scale.
“Sign up to one of our places and you can run in aid of Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, supporting local children with life shortening conditions and their families in West Yorkshire.”
Laura Witham, Senior Fundraiser for Overgate Hospice, said: “The Leeds Half marathon is really important to our charity. We typically get more runners signed up for this than any other run and their sponsorship really helps.
“We need to raise £2.5million every year, so when people choose to run for us it means a lot to us and, more importantly, our patients. One of our runners said ‘A number of friends and family members have been cared for at Overgate in the past so I just wanted to give something back to them, and I enjoy running so it was a perfect opportunity!”
Becky Hole, senior fundraiser at St Gemma’s Hospice, said: “St Gemma’s Hospice is thrilled to be a charity partner for the Leeds Half Marathon again in 2016. St Gemma’s is for people with life threatening illnesses with difficult symptoms to be managed. Care is offered to patients and their carers in the hospice’s 32-bed in-patient unit, through the St Gemma’s community team and via our day services. Running the Leeds Half Marathon for St Gemma’s will help us to keep caring for over 3000 people in Leeds each year.”
Amy Green, CLIC Sargent’s running events fundraising manager, said: “CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide emotional, practical, financial and clinical support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. We are only able to provide this help and support because of our amazing fundraisers who take part in events such as the Leeds Half Marathon.”
Charlotte Garside, Marie Curie fundraising product manager, said: “Marie Curie is delighted once again to be one of the Leeds Half Marathon partners for 2016. In the last couple of years we have receive such exceptional feedback from our supporters about this event, not to mention the amazing amount of funds it has allowed us to raise for our work. If you want take on this fantastic event for Team Marie Curie, then why not sign up today!”
For more details and to enter go to www.theyorkshiremarathon.com