9 May 2012
Every day 27 people in West Yorkshire are told they have cancer, and 42% of us will receive a cancer diagnosis at some point in our lifetime. Leeds Metropolitan University is hosting the brand new annual 5km Carnegie Fun Run for staff, students and the community to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The run will take place on Thursday 7 June from 18:00 and will guide participants around the scenic Headingley Campus and Beckett Park following a Zumba warm-up. The start time will be 19:00. All of the £10 entry fee will go directly to Macmillan. All participants will receive a free t-shirt, a goody bag and a £5 Sweatshop gift voucher. Additional donations are also welcome at the Carnegie Fun Run Just Giving page.
Sarah Humphreys, Sports Participation Manager at Leeds Met, decided to organise the event because similar events in previous years had been discontinued, despite great levels of participation. 'The women’s fun run that used to be held here attracted well over 200 runners, so it seemed logical to start something similar up,' she explained. 'Macmillan offer a source of support to all those affected by cancer, not only patients, but also their families and carers, and we are so pleased to be able to help support such a worthwhile charity.'
Although this is a run and not a race, there will still be prizes on offer for the first 5 men and first 5 women to cross the finish line. A barbecue on the University’s Headingley Campus will provide much needed after-run-refuelling for those involved whilst a steel drum band will provide entertainment. Free parking will be available for all.
Clara White, Leeds Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support said: 'On behalf of everyone at Macmillan, thank you to the team at Leeds Metropolitan University and everyone who has registered and will register to take part in this fantastic local event. We rely on the generosity of the public for 96% of our income so we really couldn’t do it without you. Every pound of sponsorship raised will be helping people who are living with cancer. £25 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for 1 hour so you will be making a huge difference.'
Sign up to enjoy the fun today at http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/sport/campussport or give a donation at http://www.justgiving.com/carnegiefunrun