24 Jan

Run For All Launch Leeds 2014

Local school kids at the launch of Leeds Half Marathon

The launch of the 2014 Jane Tomlinson Leeds Half Marathon brought with it news that last year’s event raised £150,000 for its official partner charities. The figure means the race has now raised over £300,000 since the Run For All team took over the organisation of the race in 2012.

One of the country’s leading half marathons, this year’s event has been scheduled for Sunday 11 May. The course sees runners start in The Headrow with the finishing line in Cookridge Street alongside the landmark Millennium Square.

Last year’s race saw Bingley Harriers’ Ben Marriott take top place in 1:13:08, with club-mate Stephen Broadbent in second (1:13:59) and Simon Newton rounding off the podium places (1:14:44). In the women’s field, Lisa Mawer secured first position in 1:24:43.

With the Run For All team due to organise the event until 2022, organisers are on course to raise well over £1.5m for Leeds Half Marathon partner charities. Event lead Lynne Preston said: “It is wonderful that thanks to the fund-raising efforts of so many runners such a huge amount has been raised for our partner charities and other good causes. We are looking forward to this year’s Leeds Half Marathon and are confident it will be another fantastic success.”

General entry is priced at £29.20. For more information and to register, visit the event website.