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Well, wasn’t that a fantastic day as the Cookridge Community Run celebrated its fifth anniversary weaving its way around the picturesque Golden Acre park in north Leeds with the sun shining and a light breeze in the air!!

Thank-you to all the 500 runners who took part in the 10k and Fun Run on Sunday 19 May 2024 and to all the many marshals, volunteers and organisers who gave up their time to ensure the races ran smoothly. Also, thanks to all our local sponsors and particularly our Race Partners, Ivory Dental and Bannatyne Health Club and Spa.

Following the route taken by the late British Paralympic athlete, Gareth Dunn who sadly died of cancer in 2018 aged just 27, this year’s Cookridge 10k and Fun Run was once again started by CBeebies and Strictly Come Dancing Star, George Webster together with Leeds Lord Mayor, Councillor Al Garthwaite - we love having you with us, George.

An inspiration to us all Andrew Macgill said: “I ran the Cookridge 10k for the first time today (waited until I was 72!). The organisation was absolutely perfect, and it was a pleasure to take part. Thanks!”

Gareth’s dad, Lee, who many of you will have seen at the Ralph Thoresby car park added: “It looks like we’ve raised over £12,000 this year to add to Gareth’s amazing fundraising efforts. Running the London Marathon in 2018 helped him raise £120,000 for Cancer Research UK after his cancer became terminal and the Cookridge Community 10k and Fun Run continues his amazing legacy.”

If you would like to make a donation and up our total, please click on the link below or go to Gareth’s fundraising page which you can find at

Or to read more about his journey go to

Once again, a big thank you to all the runners, it was great to see you with a smile and the sun on your faces. We look forward to seeing you next year.


There are two runs – 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.

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

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