Two Leeds schools are set to go head to head this year at the 10th Jane Tomlinson Leeds 10K to see who can come out top on Sunday 10thJuly.
Teams from Oulton Primary and Rothwell St Mary's have
their running shoes at the ready and are training hard as they
prepare to compete in the annual team challenge.
As long term supporters of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal the schools are not new to the challenge but with both schools recruiting their biggest teams to date the competition is heating up this year.
Launched in 2007 by the inspirational Jane Tomlinson CBE, the Leeds 10K celebrates its 10th Anniversary this summer, making it an extra special event for the Appeal which was set up in Jane's name.
With a firm eye on the competition Rothwell St. Mary's strong team of 27 runners and Oulton Primary Schools mammoth team of 48 are ready to line up at the start line on Vicar Lane in July. And both teams are proud to include a mixture of ages and abilities, in keeping with the event being a Run for All as Jane intended.
Talking about this year's event and the team challenge Oulton Primary's caretaker and team leader Jason Westmorland, 48, said: "This year we have a massive 48 runners signed up and running raising money for Janes Appeal.
"We won the team prize at last year's Leeds 10K and we are hoping we can get the top spot again and beat our rivals Rothwell St Mary's.
"Many of the staff and parents are already busy training and running around the streets of Rothwell, Oulton and Woodlesford."
Like Oulton Primary, Rothwell St. Mary's have been taking part in the Leeds 10K since the event began, where they entered a team under the name of 'The Belles of St Mary's'. Since then, their team size and involvement has continued to grow and in 2011 the school committed to entering a team of staff, governors, parents and grandparents year on year under the brand new name of 'Team St Mary's'.
Taking on another school in the team challenge has given both teams new motivation for this year's event, encouraging new runners to join their seasoned members and take part in their first 10K.
Team leader and teacher at Rothwell St. Mary's Andrew Moody, 44 said about the team "We really promote the participation aspect of the Run For All series. This year we have 27 in the team, which will cover the full spectrum of finishers."
With many years of Leeds 10K competition under their belt the team are feeling confident and always keep in mind the difference they are making by supporting The Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
"When we were looking for something which we could do socially as a school community, supporting the Leeds 10K was the obvious choice." Andrew stated.
Jenny Sellers, Fundraising and Events Assistant for the Appeal, said: "It's fantastic that Jason and Andrew have encouraged so many people to run the Leeds 10K in the spirit of friendly competition. We can't wait to see who is victorious on the day.
"The Appeal has been lucky to have the support of both schools for many years and 2016 is no exception. Both Oulton Primary and St Mary's have gone all out in supporting the Appeal at this very special 10th Leeds 10K and we can't thank the teams and their leaders enough for their support."
Both teams prove that a bit of competition can be a great motivator and it isn't about how fast you can run but taking part. If you want to get behind the school teams and do your bit to support childrens and cancer charities, it is not too late to join the Leeds 10K 10th Anniversary event.
The Jane Tomlinson Appeal is offering discounted £10 entry into the Leeds 10K. Take advantage of this celebratory offer and receive personalised fundraising support, cheers around the course, post-race hospitality and massage along with = the knowledge that you are making a huge difference.
Join the Appeal Team at the Leeds 10K for £10 at www.janetomlinsonappeal.com.