Leeds Runner Raises £200 in Memory of ‘Kitch’

22 July 2016

A SALES manager from Leeds raised £200 for Yorkshire Cancer Research after completing the Run for All Leeds 10K in memory of his friend.

Karl Ward took part in the run’s 10th anniversary event on Sunday, July 10, in tribute to Iain Kitchen, a former football manager who passed away from cancer at the age of 60 in May. 

Iain was affectionately known as ‘Kitch’ and ran local football teams in the area, mainly at Rothwell Athletic Football Club. He completed the Leeds 10K himself in 2012, raising £425 for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Karl, 35, said: “Iain was a good friend. He was a great, friendly character who had time to talk to anybody. His cancer started in his kidneys and then spread around his body. A week after he died I saw an email about the 10K and I thought it would be a great idea to take part in his memory.

“I finished in 43 minutes and 19 seconds which I was pleased with. I got a bad stitch at the end of the 9K but managed to pull through. My boys cheering me on at the finish with my wife got me through the final pain barrier.”

Iain’s friends also held a charity match in his memory on July 3. Many of his former players took part in an over 35s game. 

Abbie Davis, Events Coordinator at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “A huge congratulations to Karl for finishing the Leeds 10K in such a fantastic time. It must have been a very emotional day to run in memory of Kitch. The money Karl has raised will help to improve cancer outcomes in Yorkshire.”

For more information about fundraising for Yorkshire Cancer Research, please visit www.ycr.org.uk/teamyorkshire



Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer, Yorkshire Cancer Research. Tel: 01423 877228. Email: nikki@ycr.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  • Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
  • We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
  • Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
  • Current statistics show that 575 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.
  • We aim to:
    • Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
    • Raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, schools and colleges, sports clubs and with other health-related organisations.
    • Promote screening programmes and fund research that can improve the diagnosis of cancer so we can detect and treat it at the earliest opportunity.
    • Invest in innovative research projects at every stage of a cancer patient's journey.
    • Campaign for fair and equal access to the very best healthcare services and a greater share of the money spent nationally on research.
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