Clenchwarton’s Leo taking strides for cause close to her heart

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Leo Munson openly admits she hates running... but April 30 she will happily pull on her trainers for a cause close to her heart.

She is taking on the challenge of the Asda Foundation Grand East Anglia Run to raise money for Callum Pite’s Smile, a charity established in memory of her nephew who was 14 years old when he lost his battle with bone cancer at the start of 2013.

The charity launched by his family supports cancer patients aged 13-19 in Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Suffolk and Hertfordshire by providing them with gifts and treats.

It was inspired by the presents and kindness Callum received from other charities while he was having treatment.

Over the past few years Callum Pite’s Smile has provided young cancer sufferers with a wide range of gifts and treats including ipads, mobile phones, laptops, clothing vouchers, go-karting, city breaks and family meals out.

Leo, who lives in Clenchwarton, said: “These young people and their families are going through an awful lot and Callum’s charity tries to do little things that put a smile on their faces.”

Although she has watched the race on a number of occasions, this year will be the first time Leo has taken part.

She said: “I hate running really but my training is going well and I’m looking forward to it. I do like a challenge.”

Leo will be among the 2,500 runners on the start line.

The run – expected to generate a huge boost for local good causes – is being organised for the first time by not-for-profit company Run For All, working in partnership with Alive Leisure and West Norfolk Council.

Run For All is part of the lasting legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson CBE who raised almost £2m for charity through a series of endurance challenges, despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.

Its table of events includes 10ks in Leeds, Lincoln, Sheffield, York, Hull, Burnley, Bury, Leicester and Nottingham, the Leeds Half Marathon, Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield and the Yorkshire Marathon.