Meet a World Class Champion

Current Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington is coming to Leeds to host the UK's first Run with Chrissie.

Taking place on Wednesday 21st December, as patron of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and previous Sunday Times Sportswoman of the year, Chrissie will take part in a 5K training run before sharing her tips and advice with all proceeds from the event going directly to the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

"It was a huge honour to be asked to become a Patron of the Appeal last year. Jane has always been a huge inspiration to me and I have a lot of admiration for her. Jane's unwavering determination, strength, courage and selflessness in the face of adversity is an inspiration to each and every one of us. To be able to host an event like this and share my passion with people, while also fundraise for the Appeal, is a privilege," said Chrissie.

Having completed her first triathlon back in 2004, Chrissie is undefeated at the Ironman distance and is now four-time Ironman World Champion following her spectacular win at Kona in October this year. With a 'Nothing is Impossible' attitude Chrissie continues to inspire others to achieve their personal goals.

Runners, fundraisers and triathletes alike are being invited to join Chrissie and take part in a full programme of activities, which will be held at Leeds Metropolitan University. Starting with a leisurely 5K run, participants will then take part in group training sessions followed by a buffet and evening Q&A session where they can ask the inspirational world class athlete their questions.

Whether participants take part in the full training session or just book a ticket to the evening Q&A there is something for everyone.

Mike Tomlinson, trustee of the Appeal said: ""Chrissie is a phenomenal World Champion and probably the most inspirational person in world sport and it's amazing that she's coming to Yorkshire to support the Appeal. If only Jane were alive to see this happen. I'd encourage everyone to take what is a unique opportunity to train and be motivated by one of my heroes."

Chrissie has never shied away from a challenge and believing that anything can be possible given a bit of determination. "In 2005 I thought that completing an Ironman was impossible. I said 'you must be crazy' to do them. Now look at me.  If someone puts a hurdle in your way don't stop just work your way around, over or under it. Live your dream!' 

With limited places available, the Jane Tomlinson Appeal would urge those interested to sign up now to avoid missing out on the opportunity to train with a true British sporting legend. To find out more and to book a place visit

The event will be hosted at Leeds Metropolitan Universityin association with the Leeds based search marketing agency Epiphany Solutions. Epiphany has been a partner of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal since early 2011. Epiphany's Managing Director Rob Shaw said, "We are absolutely delighted to be working with the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and a world class athlete like Chrissie Wellington. Chrissie is an inspiration and we're really proud to be associated with this amazing event."