Thirty two events in and it's clear why the Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon has maintained its status as one of the annual highlights on the running calendar. Sunday’s (14 May) race drew in a field of almost 7,000 runners, many of whom were raising money for charity, and were given a rousing start as they departed from The Headrow and out of the city centre.
Among those to take part in warm conditions on Sunday were former Leeds Rhinos star and Barrie McDermott, actor George Rainsford, who plays Ethan Hardy in BBC TV’s Casualty, sports broadcaster George Riley and Sky Sports reporter Bryn Law. From the city centre, the course took in a section of the Ring Road and returned via Abbey Road and Kirkstall Road to the big finish in Cookridge Street alongside Millennium Square.
Following his victory at the North Lincolnshire Half Marathon, Mohammed Abu-Rezeq produced another fine performance to take the Leeds title in 1:10:22. Valey Striders’ John Hobbs (1:12:59) took second with Callum Elson third (1:13:07). Martha Hanby was the first woman home in 1:21:52, followed by Faye Banks, who clocked 1:23:19 for second spot and Caroline Bollon who took third in 1:23:44.
Andy Baker, CEO of title sponsors Plusnet, said: “It was fantastic to see so many people taking on the challenge of the Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon to raise money for so many good causes I’d like to say a big thank you to all of the runners and spectators who created a tremendous atmosphere and made it such a great event. Many congratulations to all those who crossed the finish line!”
Many of those taking part were raising money for the event’s partner charities which, for 2017, were the Jane Tomlinson Appeal; Martin House Children’s Hospice; Sue Ryder; St Gemma’s Hospice; Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice; Marie Curie; Overgate Hospice; CLIC Sargent, Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Entries for the 2018 are now open.