The Leeds half marathon once again witnessed a sell-out field with 6,000 runners taking part in Sunday's race. The event, organised by the Run for All team, saw Bingley Harriers' Ben Marriott edge out his club-mate Stephen Broadbent to secure top billing.
Runners starting from the city's town centre were met with cool, spring conditions. Among those taking part in the half marathon included Yorkshire's opening batsman Alex Lees, 20, and his grandmother Margot Dale, 72. Rebecca Tomlinson, 25, daughter of remarkable fundraiser Jane, showed no signs of the previous day's exertions (she ran a marathon from Ilkley to Settle) to finish in a speedy 1:33.
Marriott, who generally specialises in shorter distances, comfortably made the step-up to 13.1 miles to finish in 73:08. Stephen Broadbent took second place in 1:13:59, with Simon Newton rounding off the podium places (1:14:44).
In the women's field, Lisa Mawer continued her impressive start to 2013 to secure victory and a sizable PB. The Wetherby Runner came home in 1:24:43, with Aiveen Fox second (1:25:59) and Roslyn Eadie in third place (1:27:22). The oldest competitor was John Johnson, 84, from Garforth, Leeds, who finished in 2:17:17 and said: "It was brilliant. I'm quite pleased with that. All being well, I'll be back again next year."
Event lead Lynne Preston added: "This year's Leeds half marathon has been another huge success. There were some amazing individual and team efforts and some really inspiring stories, too. We'd like to thank everyone who has helped - whether by sponsoring the event, by taking part in it or by volunteering. They have all made the event what it is and we just couldn't do it without them."
With this year's event drawing to a close, organisers announced that registration for 2014( Sunday 11 May) is now open. Full details at the Run For All website.