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BAPS Charities Annual 10K Challenge, Leeds

More than 75 people took to the streets in Leeds for the BAPS Charities Annual 10K Challenge on Sunday 11 May 2014.

Each year, BAPS Charities organises a fun and healthy charity event for individuals to unite as a community to support a worthy cause. At several towns and cities around the UK, around 4,000 enthusiastic men, women and children of all ages – ranging from toddlers through to senior citizens in their nineties – walk, jog and even run a distance of 10 kilometres to raise funds and awareness for a variety of good causes.

This year’s event partnered nationally with Diabetes UK, the leading charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of every person affected by or at risk of diabetes – including the 3.8 million people in the UK that are currently diagnosed with the disease.

The Challenge this year builds on 20 years of sponsored events. Previous national charity partners have included Macmillan Cancer Research, Barnardo’s, The Anthony Nolan Trust, The British Heart Foundation, Breast Cancer Care, Age UK, KIDS, as well as Diabetes UK.

The event kicked-off shortly after 2pm from BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Leeds.

After the opening ceremony, walkers, joggers and runners moved along the route to Kirkstall Abbey Park and back to the Mandir.

BAPS Charities volunteer Girish Sonigra shared: “We’re one of the smaller centres, but it was still a good turnout, and to see the enthusiasm of everyone is what makes it special, because we know it’s a community event and for such a worthy cause.”

To learn more about the work of Diabetes UK, please click here.

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