Sunday’s Leeds Half Marathon is set to record its biggest turnout to date with 7,000 runners - an increase of 1,000 from 2013 - expected to compete, making it the biggest field since its inception in 1986. The event, which is now under the direction of the Jane Tomlinson Run for All series, has now registered a sell-out for three successive years.
The 13.1 mile course will see runners depart from the Headrow, close to the Town Hall and finish in Cookridge Street, to the side of landmark Millennium Square. The 2013 event raised £150,000 for its partner charities, all of which are Yorkshire hospices.
John Johnson, from Garforth, Leeds, will be the oldest competitor in the field at 85 years old. Johnson completed last year’s race in an impressive 2:17:17. Among the famous faces taking part are England Rugby Union coach Stuart Lancaster, former Leeds United and England star Danny Mills, BBC sports presenter George Riley and Leeds Rhinos legend Barrie McDermott.
The 2013 race saw Bingley Harriers' Ben Marriott (73:08) edge out his club-mate Stephen Broadbent (73:59) to secure top honours, with Simon Newton rounding off the podium places (74:44). In the women's field, Lisa Mawer took first place in 1:24:43, with Aiveen Fox second (1:25:59) and Roslyn Eadie in third place (1:27:22).
Lynne Preston, Run For All event lead, said: “The support for this year’s Leeds Half Marathon has been truly amazing. We wish all those taking part the very best of luck and hope the crowds turn out in force to give them the backing they deserve. It promises to be a great day.”