Our student Lena is participating in a charity run in July – read why she’s doing it. If you want to support her cause and donate, find her in the school!

My name is Lena Sogia I have been running for three years I currently run 6 days a week in training for the Athens Marathon. I have run one 5k race in under 20 minutes, three 10k races with a best time of 46 minutes, and two half marathons with a best time of 1 hour 50 minutes. I did’t run for a year because I had an injury, and I only started running again two weeks ago!

Who am I doing it for?

Help for Heroes supports those with injuries and illnesses sustained while serving in the British Armed Forces. No matter when someone served, they give them the support they need to lead active, independent and fulfilling lives. Their specialist team focuses on the five key areas of an individual’s life: medical, mind, body, spirit and family. They provide support to the whole family to help them all cope with the challenges they face. Long-term recovery is more than repairing damaged bodies and minds; it’s about rebuilding lives.


The 10k run – km by km

0 – 1km – You will head down Vicar Lane and past the iconic Corn Exchange before avoiding the many tipples on Call Lane heading east towards Sovereign Street.
1 – 2km – Heading past Leeds Train Station onto Wellington Street and continuing east to bring you past the old Yorkshire Post building and under the viaducts onto Kirkstall Road.
2 – 3km – Settle into your stride as you continue down the very flat section of Kirkstall Road – laden with encouraging charity cheerleaders to spur you on.
3 – 4km – At 3.8km you’ll find the first Asda Foundation water station located at Cardigan Fields.
4 – 5km – With the Leeds-Liverpool canal to your left, you’ll continue down Kirkstall Road.
5 – 6km – Reaching the turning point at Savins Mill Way, you’ll do an 180 degree turn and return back down the flat Commercial Road and Kirkstall Road.
6 – 7km – Continuing down Kirkstall Road, you’ll find the second Asda Foundation Water Station at 6.7km.
7 – 8km – Continuing along Kirkstall Road, as you push yourself into the latter part of the race, you return under the viaducts near Cardigan Fields and head into the final 2km.
8 – 9km – The final section of Kirkstall Road will sweep you past Leeds’ array of television and radio studios, Kirkstall Fire Station and towards Westgate Point.
9 – 10km – Prepare yourself for the home straight, as you head up Westgate Point and onto The Headrow where you’ll find roaring spectator crowds waiting to cheer you over the finish line.
Lena will be running the Leeds 10K on 9 July 2017, starting at 9 a.m. Good luck, Lena!