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5 Epic Ways You Can Help Raise Money For an Incredible Cause

· Joseph Sheerin · Culture

Make 2020 the year you do something amazing.

Total Warrior, Leeds Cares

Leeds Cares is the charity partner of Leeds Teaching Hospitals. From funding MR Scanners to supporting play specialists, they’re helping to make healthcare exceptional for everyone. Find out how you can be a Leeds Cares Hero in 2020...

You can have a blast taking on these amazing challenges and help raise money for a great cause too…

Always said you’d do a half marathon? Want to go on an epic bike ride around Yorkshire? Now’s your chance and you can give a little back while you do it. How? By joining forces with Leeds Cares. As the official charity partner of Leeds Teaching Hospitals, they’re helping to make healthcare better for everyone – and so can you. Do something amazing. Take on the triathlon and support the Children’s Hospital, become a Total Warrior and raise money for Leeds Cancer Centre or get on your bike and help support Cardiovascular services.

Leeds Half Marathon

Leeds Half Marathon, Leeds Cares

The Leeds Half Marathon is the biggest race of its kind in Yorkshire. You can pound the pavement with over 7,500 runners on a 13.1-mile race through the city. Start on The Headrow, where the crowds will line the streets, before you head north to Meanwood and west on your way to Kirkstall Abbey. From there, you’ll run back into the city centre to Millennium Square. Crossing the finish line will feel even better if you’re raising money for Leeds Cares. Plus, you’ll get a free top to run in and free refreshments from their tent in the Charity Village.

Leeds Half Marathon starts from The Headrow on Sunday 10th May 2020. Registration costs £25 and minimum sponsorship is £150.

AJ Bell World Triathlon, Leeds

AJ Bell Triathlon, Leeds Cares

You can join the world’s best triathletes at the AJ Bell World Triathlon Series this summer. It kicks off with a 1,500-metre swim in Waterloo Lake, before you jump on the bikes for a 35k ride into the city centre. The race ends with a 10k run to the finish in Millennium Square. Run with Leeds Cares and you’ll get a training kit, as well as access to their exclusive refreshments tent at Roundhay Park.

AJ Bell World Triathlon, Leeds takes place at Roundhay Park and in Leeds city centre on Sunday 7th June 2020. Registration costs £50 and minimum sponsorship is £200.

Total Warrior

Total Warrior, Leeds Cares

Have you got what it takes to be a Total Warrior? The Great Northern Mud Run comes to Bramham Park in June. This down and dirty obstacle course will push you to your limits. There are three challenges to choose from – you can tackle 15 obstacles across 6-kilometres or double up to do 25 over 12-kilometres. Up for the ultimate challenge? With The Beast, you have to do lap after lap for 5 muddy hours. Whichever you choose, you’ll leave with an almighty sense of achievement and all the feel-good of raising money for a great cause.

Total Warrior takes place at Bramham Park from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th June 2020. Registration costs £40 for The Half or £50 for The Original and minimum sponsorship is £150.

Charity Canal Challenge

Charity Canal Challenge, Leeds Cares

From a leisurely stroll to a mammoth run, you can do the Charity Canal Challenge your way. As you’ve probably guessed, it takes place on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal in partnership with the Canals & River Trust, so expect gorgeous views as you take one of two different routes. You can take it easy with The Family Track, a 4-mile walk that’s perfect for families or go all out on The Salts Track, which is longer at a calf-stretching 14-miles. At the end, there will be entertainment and games for all the family, so it’s a real day out.

Charity Canal Challenge takes place on Sunday 26th July 2020. The Family Trek is £10 for adults, £5 for under 18s and £22 for a family of four. The Middle Track is £15 for adults and £10 for under 18s.

The Leeds Cares Cycling Sportive

Leeds Cycling Sportive Leeds Cares

If you like nothing more than riding through the Yorkshire countryside on your bike, The Leeds Cares Cycling Sportive is a win-win. You can have a fantastic day out and they can raise even more money. It kicks off at Harewood House and there are two routes. The Fair to Middlin’ is a 50-mile ride through Otley, past Blubberhouses and on to Pateley Bridge, before you head back to the start. Up for a challenge? The Chuffin’ ‘Ard Route is 100-miles, so instead of heading back from Pateley Bridge, you’ll ride on to Grassington, West Burton and Lofthouse before returning to Harewood House for a well earned cuppa.

The Leeds Cares Cycling Sportive takes place from Harewood House on Sunday 13th September 2020. Registration costs £50 and minimum sponsorship is £150.