GB squad athlete to start local race

Date:21st September 2010.'800m runner Richard Strachan, aged 23, from Middleton, Leeds, who is an Olympic hopeful but currently lacks sponorship money he needs to take up the offer of coaching and mentoring in Uxbridge with Linford Christie.
Date:21st September 2010.'800m runner Richard Strachan, aged 23, from Middleton, Leeds, who is an Olympic hopeful but currently lacks sponorship money he needs to take up the offer of coaching and mentoring in Uxbridge with Linford Christie.

OLYMPIC hopeful and GB athlete Richard Strachan is to start runners off in the Braham Park Fun Run next month.

Organisers say they are delighted at the news announced this week after the Leeds 400m specialist (pictured left) returned to training fresh from the World Championships in Deagu where he ran in the 4x400m men’s relay final.

Andrew Beadnall of Wetherby-based event sponsors Beadnall Copley estate agents said: “We are absolutely thrilled about this.

“It will be the second year that he has done this for us.

“He is a charming young lad and friendly and as well as starting the race he will hand out the medals.

“He did this last year and posed for photographs to be taken with people.

“He will be turning up in full GB kit again.”

The Bramham Park Fun Run will take place on October 9 across the varied terrain of the park.

And it will aim to raise funds for Cancer Research at Leeds-based St James’ Hospital.

Last year 490 people took part, raising nearly £6,000 for the charity.

But Mr Beadnall added that they were hoping to break the 500 entrants mark to raise event more for the worthy causes.

“It is a cause unbelievably close to my heart.

“I lost both my parents through cancer and I saw, first-hand, the work of the staff at the hospital.

“From cleaners to specialists, they are angels on earth and I can’t praise them highly enough.”

He urged people to join in the fun run to swell funds for the charity.

“People don’t have to run, they can walk it.

“Each year I sponsor this event, and we have been involved about six years, I see children with names of loved ones who have been claimed by cancer on their kit. It is totally humbling.”

To enter the 5 or 10k runs visit: www.bramhamparkfunrun.org.uk for more details.