TV soap star backs annual half-marathon

LEEDS-BORN Coronation Street star Jack P Shepherd took time out from the drama of Weatherfield to appear at the launch of this year's GE Leeds Half-Marathon, Family Fun Run and Corporate Challenge.

Eighteen-year-old Jack, who plays David Platt in the hit soap, was on hand at South Leeds Stadium to promote the charity event which takes place on Sunday May 7.

Jack will be starting proceedings on the day on behalf of Phys-Cap, the official charity for the event.

He will also be taking to the roads himself in the Fun Run.

Organised and run by Leeds City Council, the main GE Leeds Half-Marathon takes in a 13.1 mile course around the city centre and is open to anyone over 16.

Everyone who successfully completes the course will receive a race medal and t-shirt at the finish line, along with an individual certificate and a copy of the official results.

There are also a range of prizes on offer, including 500 for both the first female and male runners to finish.

The GE Leeds Family Fun Run is aimed at getting whole families to take on the challenge of completing a two-mile race around the city centre.

Open to people of all ages, everyone who finishes will receive a goody bag and a race medal.

The third section of the day is the GE Leeds Corporate Challenge for businesses to take part in. Teams of six employees each run a section of the Half-Marathon course in a relay format, with various prizes up for grabs.

The entry fee for the 2006 GE Leeds Half-Marathon is 13.50 for affiliated club runners and 15.50 for those non-affiliated. Entry into the GE Leeds Corporate Challenge is 60 per team, and entry for the GE Leeds Fun Run is 3.25 per adult and 1.75 per child.

For more information or to receive an application form go to www.leeds.gov.uk/runleeds or call Leeds City Council’s Sport Development Unit on 0113 395 0001. The deadline for entries is Wednesday 19th April 2006.