Charities were celebrating today as thousands of runners crossed the finish line to make the Asda Foundation Leeds Half Marathon a huge success.
It was the 33rd running of the event which is expected to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for a host of good causes.
Some runners came to win, some to raise funds for their favourite charity and others simply to overcome the challenge of getting round. Whatever their reason for running, they were supported every step of the way by enthusiastic crowds.
The course took the runners along The Headrow, out of the city centre, took in a section of the Ring Road and returned via Abbey Road and Kirkstall Road to the big finish in Cookridge Street alongside Millennium Square.
First across the finish line was Mohammad Aburezeq in a time of 1hr 08mins 06secs. Chris Oddy took second place in 1hr 09mins 37secs with Matt Chipping third in 1hr 12mins 50secs.
Faye Banks was the first woman home in 1hr 22mins 05secs followed by Lindsey Clegg, who clocked 1hr 28mins 19secs for second spot and Haley O’Conner who took third in 1hr 30mins 14secs.
Also across the finish line were Actor Dean Smith, Educating Yorkshire star John Burton and Rugby League legends Barrie McDermott, Keith Senior and Jamie Peacock.
The event is one of the many highlights in Run For All’s Asda Foundation Series Calendar which also includes the Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon, Leeds 10K and Yorkshire Marathon.
Mandy Rivett, Asda Foundation Co-ordinator, said: “It was fantastic to see so many people taking on the challenge of the Asda Foundation Leeds Half Marathon to raise money for so many good causes.
“The large crowds gave the runners outstanding support and helped create a tremendous atmosphere. Many congratulations to all those who crossed the finish line!”
Tristan Batley-Kyle, Head of Events with race organisers Run For All, said: “Well done to everyone who took part in today’s event. The support given to the runners was superb and we must say a massive thank you to all our volunteers whose hard work helped make the run 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; Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal and Macmillan Cancer Support.
The event is supported by Asda Foundation, Leeds City Council, High 5 Sports Nutrition, Erdinger, Aftershokz, Yorkshire Evening Post, Radio Aire, Up & Running, LIS, Runderwear and Banana Kick.
Next year’s Asda Foundation Leeds Half Marathon features an exciting 24 hour offer where runners will be able to purchase 2019 entries at the discounted price of £25 until Midnight on Monday 14th May. Entries are now open!