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To all the 520 runners who took part in the Cookridge Community 10K and Fun Run which took place around the picturesque Golden Acre park in north Leeds on Sunday 7 May 2023.

The event, now in its fourth year was, once again, a sell-out with 400 runners of all ages and abilities taking part in the 10K and 120 children – many in fancy dress – together with their parents running the one-mile fun run which was started by CBeebies and Strictly Come Dancing Star, George Webster, who then ran the 10K.

Although the overnight rain made the trail run a little wet underfoot that didn’t deter you and many of you were quick to praise the organisers and marshals for their efforts both on the course and during registration – they did a great job.

Jackie Aspden, running in her first Cookridge Community 10K said: “I want to say a huge thank you to all concerned for staging this absolute gem of a race. I've run in many races all over the country and this one has to be the best. Lovely scenery, super friendly, butter smooth organisation and an amazing goody bag and the best race T-shirt ever.”

Gareth’s dad, Lee, who many of you will have seen at the Ralph Thoresby car park added: “I was particularly heartened to hear the Prince of Wales, during the Coronation, refer to the strength, diversity and character of communities up and down the UK and I feel the Cookridge Community runs epitomise that ethos.

Sponsored by local businesses, particularly Bannatyne and Ivory Dental in Horsforth, the event brings together the people of north Leeds to raise much needed funds for Cancer Research UK as well as supporting local charities and community groups in the area.”

Initial feedback estimates that over £12,000 has been raised for charity which would take Gareth’s Chemotionally-Unstable foundation total to over £200,000. However, Lee was quick to praise his late son’s fundraising efforts: “Gareth managed to raise over £120,000 before he passed away from cancer and I am sure he would be happy that we have taken on his mantle, run with it and hit this impressive milestone.”  

If you would like to make a donation and up our total please click on the link below to go to Gareth’s fundraising page. Once again… thank you.


There are two runs on Sunday 19 May 2024 – a scenic 10K trail race starting at 9.30am and a one mile Fun Run which starts at 9.00am. Both races start and finish at the Cookridge Village Scout Hall on Pinfold Lane, off Otley Road. Click here for more details of both runs and how to enter.

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You don’t have to be a runner to be involved. We are looking for race marshals, car park attendants, first aid assistants and volunteers to manage traffic and water stations – maybe you just want to come along and cheer on the runners. Click here to find out how to help.


As a local, community-based event we could not run these races without sponsorship and support from local businesses.

Their generous financial support covers the costs of running the event, so all other monies raised go directly to charity.

Click here to see and support our sponsors.

10K 2023 CLIP


All proceeds in aid of Cancer Research UK and local children's charities

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