Up to 9,000 runners are expected to descend on The Headrow this Sunday (8 May) to take part in the Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon. Looking ahead to the race, weather conditions for those competing look to be favourable, with temperatures around 14-16°C and likely to stay dry until late afternoon.
The course starts in The Headrow alongside Victoria Gardens, heads out of the city centre, takes in a section of the Ring Road and returns via Abbey Road and Kirkstall Road before finishing in Cookridge Street alongside Millennium Square.
Staged in partnership with Leeds City Council, the half forms part of the Plusnet Marathon Series that also features the Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield and the Yorkshire Marathon.
2015 saw the event celebrate its 30th anniversary in style with over 7,000 runners taking part. Mohammed Abu-Rezeq led the field with a winning time of 1:11:18, with Mike Burrett took second (1:12:08) and Alasdair Tatham in third place (1:13:56). In the women’s field, Oldroyd crossed the line in 1:23:13. Nicola Gleadall took second place in 1:24:30 and Roslyn Eadie was third in 1:24:54.
As part of the lasting legacy of the late campaigner Jane Tomlinson, the event has become renowned for its fundraising pull, with money raised for charities and causes in Yorkshire and beyond.