The street of Leeds will come alive on Sunday May 10 when thousands of runners turn out to help the Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon celebrate a special milestone.
It will be the 30th running of the event – Yorkshire’s biggest hospice run – which last year raised an astonishing £150,000 alone for its 10 partner charities.
The race organisers, 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 to ensure the safety of all those taking part.
Closures will begin from 4am on May 10 and will affect roads around the 13.1 mile course. Routes will reopen on a rolling timetable as soon as it is safe to do so.
The race starts at 9.30am in The Headrow and the course takes the field out of the city centre, along Meanwood Road, Stonegate Road, a section of the Ring Road, down Butcher Hill and Hawksworth Road, along Abbey Road and Kirkstall Road and back into the city centre to finish in Cookridge Street alongside Millennium Square.
Among the city centre roads affected by the closures are: The Headrow between Oxford Place and Briggate; Cookridge Street; Westgate; New Briggate; Great George Street between Calverley Street and Woodhouse Lane; Upper Basinghall Street and North Street.
Away from the city centre, Meanwood Road will be closed between 9am and 11am. Bentley Lane, Stainbeck Avenue, Stonegate Road, King Lane, Weetwood Road, Spen Road, Commercial Road and Kirkstall Lane are also among the roads affected.
A full list of road closures is available here.
Leeds Half Marathon Event Lead Lucy Elsender said: “We work really hard to minimise any disruption and all roads are re-opened as soon as it is safe to do so. Unfortunately, a certain amount of disruption is inevitable but we’d like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.”
The event’s official partner charities are: St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds; Sue Ryder; Martin House Children’s Hospice in Boston Spa; St Michaels in Harrogate; Overgate Hospice in Elland; Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Huddersfield; CLIC Sargent; Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal; Marie Curie in Bradford; and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.