A LINDLEY councillor has put his best feet forward to give a charity a boost.
Cahal Burke joined the thousands of runners who took to the streets of Leeds for the Jane Tomlinson 10k run.
The event was set up in the memory of the late charity fundraiser to help children’s and cancer charities.
Clr Burke, of Birchwood Close, completed his third race in support of Yorkshire Cancer Research.
The councillor only took up running two years ago after a knee injury forced him to give up football.
He has since donned his running shoes to take part in races on behalf of various charities.
Last March he completed the Liverpool Half Marathon for the Mayor’s charity Combat Stress.
The charity looks after men and women and their families who suffer from a psychological condition related to their military service career.
The Jane Tomlinson Run for All has grown into Yorkshire’s biggest running event.
Since launching in 2007, the annual event has seen almost 50,000 people flock to the city to take part.
They have helped raise £3m for the Jane Tomlinson appeal to date.
The charities that have benefited from Jane’s support cover all areas – including medical research, cancer treatment and specialist care.
Clr Cahal tore his anterior cruciate ligament playing football and has been unable to take part in much sport since.
He said running has been a good way of keeping him fit, although it can put strain on his knee.
Cahal added: “This was my third Jane Tomlinson 10K since damaging my knee, I have only been running for two years overall.
“Each Leeds race I have completed I have run to raise money and awareness for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
“Every penny is spent in Yorkshire, helping local people beat cancer and supporting world-class research, diagnosis and treatment in our region.
“Yorkshire Cancer Research works throughout Yorkshire and benefits Yorkshire people while sharing its findings in order to improve the lives of people everywhere.”
Before her death Jane had raised £1.85m through a series of incredible physical challenges.
Jane’s husband Mike Tomlinson and their three children have set their sights on raising £5m.