Rhinos legends to run 10K to support Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s fundraising event
This Sunday 5th July, five Leeds Rhinos greats will be taking part in Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s 10K Day to raise money for the Leeds charity.
Kevin Sinfield MBE, Jamie Peacock MBE, Barrie McDermott, Brett Delaney and Jamie Jones-Buchanan will all be running 10K in their local areas to support the event, which is aiming to raise money to help fund the charity’s important work in the city.
Supporters have been asked to join the former Rhinos by choosing their own challenge and there has already been a great response, with people pledging to walk, cycle and kayak 10K.
Although those running 10K won’t be able to join the former players on this occasion, supporters can test themselves against the Grand Final winners by joining a Strava group for the event to record and compare their times against the Rhinos greats.
This Sunday should have seen the Leeds 10K taking place in the city, which is a vital fundraising opportunity for all charities. With the event now postponed until November 22, Leeds Rhinos Foundation decided to organise their own event for all those who have been training for the 10K and who want to support the charity.
Bob Bowman, Chief Operating Officer for Leeds Rhinos Foundation said: “Run with the Rhinos is always one of our favourite events of the year, and a hugely important fundraising opportunity. Whilst we are disappointed not to be joining runners from across the city on the 5th July, we have seen over the last few weeks the creative ways that we can do things on our own, but still being connected to our wider community.
“We have decided to ask our supporters to still come together to join us for a 10K day, from their own homes or local area. We have seen so many people have used this time in lockdown to start running or other forms of exercise and this would be a great goal for them to test themselves.
“We appreciate that running might not be for everyone, so we are opening the event up to everyone and if you want to walk, row or cycle the 10K you can or if you can think other ways to join in using the number 10 as target that would be great too – the more creative ideas the better. We want this to be an all inclusive event, bringing together former players, trustees, supporters and staff.”
To take part all you have to do is set yourself a challenge and donate £10 to Leeds Rhinos Foundation via uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ Share your stories on social via using #Rhinos10KDay
Everyone who takes part and shares their story will be in with a chance of winning a number of prizes including a signed Leeds Rhinos shirt and a behind the scenes experience for two at a future Rhinos home game.
Former Leeds Rhinos player Brett Delaney, who now works with Leeds Rhinos Foundation will be joining the virtual team on the 5th and said the fundraising event will be important to help the charity continue its work in the community.
“Leeds Rhinos Foundation play such an important role in the city and I have been proud to join my colleagues in recent weeks to volunteer during the current health crisis to support some of the most vulnerable people in Leeds.
“As a player I could see the impact the charity had in the community game when I attended projects such as coach education or taster sessions with young players to introduce them to Rugby League, but now working with them I have seen that their work goes much further. From myself, whose work involves working in prisons to tackle the issues of reoffending to other projects such as educational courses with children from disadvantaged backgrounds and health initiatives such as Try Club, the charity does so much to support people across the community and I am proud to support them in their ambition to change lives through sport.”
Everyone who takes part in the virtual 10K are asked to donate £10 To Leeds Rhinos Foundation so they are able to continue to deliver their work in the community in the future. The event is open to people of all abilities and participants are encouraged to nominate their friends and family to do their own 10K Challenge.
Bowman added: “This is a challenging time for everyone, and in particular charities who have had to cancel many of their fundraising events. The event on the 5th July and the Leeds 10k in November will be hugely important for us in raising money so that they are able to continue our work to support people in the city.
“Many of us have been living in relative isolation for the last few months, so we hope this will be a way of bringing our wonderful supporters together, albeit it at a distance, and doing a challenge together that will be a vital lifeline for our charity.”