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With the race now complete, and a fair few aching bodies limping round Leeds we can update you with our racers times below! Thank you to all eight runners who did a sterling job.

With up to 10,000 runners having taken part in 2014, and now in it’s 9th year, the Leeds 10K is a hotly anticipated annual event in the city for runners, spectators and the charities being supported. This year our corporate supporters and 100 Club members, Ison Harrison, are entering a team and they will all be fundraising for us! Meet the brave souls below…

EmmaGarfitt_SearchPicEmma Garfitt

1. Personal best – 54:52 / race time – 50:56
2. Post race reward? A large white wine.
3. Motivations… To ensure I smash last year’s PB out of the water!

Sponsor Emma




Stephen Knowles

1. Personal best – 53 minutes / race time – 49:50
2. Post race reward? A cool refreshing lager in a beer garden.
3. Motivations… My competitive nature will play a huge part in this and I will be determined to ensure I’m not the last team member home!

Sponsor Stephen




Christine Stacey

1. My Personal best – 55:52 / race time – 56:34
2. My post race reward? Probably a large, cool refreshing beer.
3. Motivations… are to improve my fitness and to try and improve my personal best and also, as I am going on holiday the week after the race, hopefully the training will have helped to make me look better in my bikini!

Sponsor Christine



Stuart Cretch

1. Personal best – 49:30 / race time – 47:08
2. Post race reward? I’ve been promised tickets to see Fleetwood Mac if I beat my personal best, so the thought of seeing them live again gets me through those painstaking early morning weekend training sessions.
3.  Motivations… My aim is to use this as a stepping stone to take part in half (and possibly full) marathons next year.

Sponsor Stuart



Ami Law

1.  Personal best – 58 minutes
2.  Post race reward? Probably a few drinks to celebrate!
3. Motivations… Love raising money for charities and to make the most of being fit, when there are plenty of people who would love to run but are unable to. The same reason I did the Great North Run.

Sponsor Ami



Nathan Bentley

1. Personal best – 48:38 / race time – 47:31
2. Post race reward? Using the Leeds 10k as a foundation for a successful (hopefully) London Marathon Ballot application!
3. Motivations… The fantastic local work which is undertaken throughout the Leeds and West Yorkshire Area. Fundraising for the Leeds Community Foundation enables local communities to grow, sustain and flourish whilst ensuring a personal service is provided throughout.

Sponsor Nathan



Natalie Clayton

1. Personal best – 56 mins / race time – 1 :19:57
2. Post race reward? My cousin, who I haven’t seen for a number of years, will be at the finish line cheering me on. So a post-race catch-up is definitely on the cards!
3. Motivations… I am making a conscious effort to live a healthier lifestyle.

Sponsor Natalie




Lucy Holt / race time – 49:59

1. Have you taken part before? – I ran the Leeds 10K for the first time last year, so this year I’ve got to beat my time of 51.05 from last year (and my mum, who’s also taking part!).

2. What got you thinking you wanted to take part? I started running about 2 years ago and I did the Leeds half marathon in May 2014 and really enjoyed the training, so I now often participate in local events such as this.


3. Have you been training? I have been training, but probably not as much I should have been! My new trainers arrived today though, so I shall be getting back out on the road to break them in before race day!

4. What has that involved? I run quite a bit anyway, so I’ve carried on with that. I usually drag myself out of bed early on a weekend and go for a fairly long run around Doncaster, where I live. I also run after work along the Canal and try to tempt colleagues along with me – so far, not too many have been interested! I’m determined to start an Ison Harrison running club.

5. What is Ison Harrison’s background when it comes to charitable giving? Ison Harrison is incredibly committed to charitable giving and we have several events going on throughout the year. In the last year, we have entered teams into Corporate Challenges for the Leeds Half Marathon, Leeds 10k and the Abbey Dash to raise money for the Leeds Community Foundation and Leeds Children’s Charity. We have a dress down day every month when staff donate money to our chosen charity; we have also held events for Comic Relief, Children in Need and Red Nose Day. Last Christmas, we all donned Christmas Jumpers for Golden Lane Housing and all our offices acted as drop off points for Radio Aire’s Christmas Gift Appeal. One of my favourite events from last year was the Great Ison’s Bakeoff which involved me spending a lot of money on cakes made by my lovely colleagues.

6. Why are you entering as a team/was that a plan? As much as I enjoy running, I was getting a bit bored on my own and I when I spoke with some friends from work, they seemed up for a bit of a challenge. Taking part in something like this is an excellent way of getting to know my colleagues better, getting fit and healthy and also raising money for such an amazing charity.

7. Why are you supporting us this year? Leeds Community Foundation is our main charity partner and a lot of the money we raise through our charitable events goes to support the work that they do. Fundraising for the Leeds Community Foundation means that they can continue to support a range of local causes and can continue to support disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the city of Leeds.

8. Why do you think it’s important for companies like Ison Harrison to give back to the community they’re in? We feel it’s important for all types of local businesses to help out the community in whatever way they can – at the end of day, Leeds is our home. Being involved in raising money for initiatives like this also generates a great sense of fulfilment. as you can see first-hand what a difference grants & donations make to all the charities and organisations associated with the Leeds Community Foundation.

Sponsor Lucy

Good luck to you all and thank you for running for us to support our grant giving in Leeds!

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