Thousands of people turned out to run the city’s streets for the 31st Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon – clocking up a huge cash boost for charity.
Cheering crowds helped create a fantastic atmosphere on Sunday 8th May as the runners crossed the start line in The Headrow to follow a route that headed out of the city centre, took in a section of the Ring Road and returned via Abbey Road and Kirkstall Road to finish in Cookridge Street alongside Millennium Square.
First across the finish line was 2015’s winner Mohammad Aburezeq in a time of 1hr 07mins 12secs. Yared Hargos took second place in 1hr 07mins 27secs with Joseph Wade third in 1hr 12mins 02secs.
Hannah Oldroyd was the first woman home in 1hr 23mins 04secs followed by Bethany Garland, who clocked 1hr 25mins 25secs for second spot and Bethany Pudifoot who took third in 1hr 25mins 39secs.
The winning wheelchair athlete was Bret Crossley who finished in 1hr 01mins 37secs.
Also across the finish line were former Leeds Rhinos star Jamie Peacock, who completed his first marathon in a time of 1hr 53mins 21 secs. Actor George Rainsford, who plays Ethan Hardy in BBC TV’s Casualty, clocked a speedy 1hr 27mins 26secs.
Others who took part included Rhinos legends Keith Senior and Barrie McDermott, Thunderbirds movie star Dominic Colenso, ex-England and Leeds United player Danny Mills, along with rugby league star Terry O’Connor.
The event is part of the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon Series that includes the Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield and the Yorkshire Marathon.
Andy Baker, Plusnet CEO, said: “Congratulations to the thousands of runners and also to the many spectators who created such a wonderful atmosphere and cheered the runners around.”
Race director Charlie Tatman, from organisers Run For All, said: “We are delighted with the support shown for this year’s Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon.
“The runners’ efforts will support the work of some excellent charities and huge thanks must go to the many volunteers who gave their time to make the event such a success.”
Many of those taking part were 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.
Last year’s event raised an estimated £300,000 and it is hoped the 2016 run will raise a similar amount of for good causes.
The event is supported by Plusnet, Leeds City Council, ViiSana, Asda Foundation, IPro Sport, Yorkshire Evening Post, Radio Aire, BananaKick and LTS.
Entries for next year’s Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon are now open here.