Tree-Athlon 2008: Cartoon of a runner winning the Tree-Athlon.
Tree-Athlon: 5 km run, Tree Wish, Plant a Tree

"I have been fortunate enough to meet some pretty special people with the same vision and hope as myself. I think what the Tree-Athlon run did for me will always stay with me. Thank you."

– Denise, Leeds

Leeds Tree-Athlon 2008

Sunday September 28th 2008, Temple Newsam

The 2008 Leeds Tree-Athlon took place on a beautiful, sunny day with close to 500 Tree-Athletes gathering at the starting line to help make their city greener. A similar number of tree enthusiasts came to cheer up the runners and took part in fun activities including massages, face painting, farm tours, tree walks and a family tree trail!

Steve Walthers led the warm-up which got the Tree-Athletes in top condition for the race and the fabulous Jon Hammond took the Tree-Athletes through the activities and ensured that everyone had a great time on the day. The crowd were kept entertained by the Paradise Steel Band and stilt walkers.

It's thanks to our sponsors and all the Tree-Athletes that you we can continue our greening work across the UK and beyond. So if you haven't yet reached your £25 target please make a final push for it amongst your friends and send a cheque made payable to Trees for Cities, before 13th October, along with your sponsorship form to Leeds Tree-Athlon, Trees for Cities, Prince Consort Lodge, Kennington Park, Kennington Park Place, London, SE11 4AS.

Now, if you weren't able to attend the prize-giving ceremony here are the heroes of the day:

Congratulations to this year's Tree-Athlon winners!

Fastest female

Alison Varley (runner no. 1561) – 21.21mins

Runner up females

Lara Wantenaar (runner no. 217) – 22.07mins
Fiona Lang (runner no. 1321) – 22.36mins

Fastest man

Hardy Matamala (runner no. 1551) – 17.15mins

Runner up men

Niall Bourke (runner no. 955) – 17.46mins
Matthew Watterson (runner no. 1381) – 18.34mins

Congratulations to our top fundraisers too!

The top fundraiser, and defender of the title from 2007, was Denise Preston who raised a fabulous £600!

  • Jeana Pennington (runner no 473) who raised £295.77
  • Steve Hope (runner no. 1292) who raised £153.28
  • Matthew Watterson (runner no. 1381) who raised £137.18
  • James Davis (runner no.426) who raised £103.72
  • Jennifer Hester (runner no. 1017) who raised over £100

Well done to CCCS who once again entered the largest Corporate Team with 20 runners in their team!

Take a look at our Leeds photo gallery and try to spot yourself! (We will be adding photos as they come in.)