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Youngs praises Leicester 10K runners

Tom Youngs paid tribute to everyone who took part in the Run For All Leicester 10K.

Club captain Youngs was the official starter of Sunday’s race at Abbey Park and was there to congratulate the participants as they crossed the finishing line.

They included a team of 60 Tigers supporters and staff, who were raising money for the Tigers Foundation.

Youngs, who starred in Tigers’ win against Newcastle Falcons less than 24 hours earlier, said: “A huge well done to all of the participants and the Tigers Foundation volunteers.

“You’ve been outstanding and there were a lot of smiles all morning. You may feel a little bit weary but well done for raising so much for a great cause.”

Anne Holyland, risk manager at Tigers club partner Global Payments, was running on behalf of the Foundation and won the women’s race in 37 minutes and 34 seconds.

“To cross the finish line as the fastest women makes me feel great,” she said. “I’ve been looking forward to the race and have enjoyed some healthy competition between some of the lads taking part.

“I’m part of a running club so I did feel some of the pressure, but everyone who has taken part is a winner. A big thanks to Tigers for inviting us along to raise money for a great cause.”

The men’s race was won by Jamie Short in 33 minutes and 26 seconds.

Dave Needham, Tigers Wheelchair Rugby secretary and player, completed the course around the streets of Leicester in support of the Tigers Foundation.

He said: “The chair I was using today is built more for off-road activities, but it was good fun out there. I kept a steady pace and while you can always do more training, I’m proud to be able to take part.

“The Wheelchair Team are beneficiaries of the Leicester Tigers Foundation, so we’re hugely grateful for all the money raised which will go in part to another successful season for the team.”

Councillor Ross Grant, the Lord Mayor of Leicester, added: “It’s an amazing event to be a part of and it’s great to see so many people from every community involved.

“The support of Tigers is huge for events like this and to have the captain Tom Youngs along to inspire all the participants gives a real sense of togetherness. I used to play rugby back in my day as a prop and was never really a runner, so a massive respect to everyone taking part.”

The Tigers team has raised more than £14,000 for the Foundation but there is still time to donate. Click here to donate by visiting the Tigers Just Giving page.