Runners get ready to line up for 2016 Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon

Thousands of runners will head to Leeds on Sunday May 8th for one of the region’s biggest charity road races.

It will be the 31st running of the Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon, which last year raised an estimated £300,000 for good causes.

A challenging course, hugely-supportive crowds and vibrant atmosphere combine to make the event one of the highlights on the UK’s sporting calendar.

The route 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.

Among those due to be on the start line is former Leeds Rhinos star Jamie Peacock, who is taking on the challenge following his retirement from Rugby League last year. It will be his first half marathon.

Other celebrities taking part are actor George Rainsford – Ethan Hardy in BBC’s Casualty – and Leeds Rhinos legends Barrie McDermott and Keith Senior.

Many of those tasking part will be raising money for the event’s partner charities which this year are the Jane Tomlinson Appeal; Martin House Children’s Hospice; Sue Ryder; St Gemma’s Hospice; Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice; Marie Curie; Overgate Hospice; CLIC Sargent, Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal and Macmillan Cancer Support.

The event is staged in partnership with Leeds City Council and forms part of the Plusnet Marathon Series that also features the Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield and the Yorkshire Marathon.

Andy Baker, Plusnet CEO, said: “Leeds is our second home and we’re extremely proud to support this event in our local community. It is a great occasion and, just like the thousands of runners, we are very much looking forward to the event. From everyone at Plusnet, good luck to all those taking part.”

Charlie Tatman, Event Manager with the organisers, Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All, said: “The stage is set for another super Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon. We are grateful to everyone – runners, spectators and volunteers – who help make the event such a success.”

The half marathon stands as part of the lasting legacy of the late fundraiser and campaigner Jane Tomlinson, who raised almost £2m for charity by tackling a series of epic challenges, including cycling over 4,000 miles across America, despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.

For more information about Run For All events visit www.runforall.com.