Jane Tomlinson’s Leeds Half Marathon – road closure rundown
The Leeds Half Marathon is set for another record-breaking year with all 6,000 places having sold out earlier than ever before.
Organisers at Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All are now advising runners, spectators, residents and visitors that a number of the city’s roads will be closed or have access restricted as a result of the event on Sunday 12th May.
Road closures will begin from 4am on Sunday 12th May and will affect roads around the 13.1 mile course. Roads will reopen on a rolling timetable as soon as it is safe to do so.
City centre roads affected by the closures include: The Headrow between Oxford Place and Briggate; Cookridge Street; New Briggate; and North Street.
The Leeds Half Marathon route takes competitors from The Headrow, through the city centre and out along Meanwood Road, which will be closed until around 10.15am. Restrictions will be in place as the run continues along the A6120 Ring Road from King Lane and on to Horsforth and then to Kirkstall Road, back to the finish on Cookridge Street.
Leeds Half Marathon Event Lead Lynne Preston said: “The Leeds Half Marathon continues to go from strength to strength and we’re looking forward to another incredible day.
“We work really hard to minimise any disruption and, as ever, we’ve put robust plans in place this year. However, a certain amount of disruption is inevitable and we’d like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.
“Thank you to everyone for their continued support of this year’s Leeds Half Marathon.”
The Leeds Half Marathon is being organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All for the second year; it has sold out on both occasions. It was formerly run by Leeds City Council, which is now a sponsor of the event, along with the Asda Foundation, Capital FM and the Yorkshire Evening Post.
The Leeds Half Marathon is officially the region’s biggest ‘hospice run’ with all participants encouraged to raise funds for their local hospice.
The event’s official partner charities are: St Gemma’s and Sue Ryder Wheatfields in Leeds; Martin House Children’s Hospice in Boston Spa; St Michaels in Harrogate; Sue Ryder Manorlands in Oxenhope; St Leonards in York; Overgate Hospice in Elland; Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Huddersfield; Marie Curie in Bradford; and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
Last year’s event raised around £150,000 for charity - five times more than it had ever brought in before.
The Leeds Half Marathon also incorporates the Arena Group Leeds Mini and Junior Run in which up to 1,500 children are expected to take part. This year’s chosen charity recipient is Leeds Mencap.
A full list of road closures is available here.