Runners get ready to line up for 2018 Asda Foundation Leeds Half Marathon

The countdown is on to one of Yorkshire’s biggest and oldest charity road races taking place on Sunday 13th May.

Runners from Yorkshire, the UK and beyond are getting ready for the Asda Foundation Leeds Half Marathon Sunday 13th may. 

It will be the 33rd running of the Asda Foundation Leeds Half Marathon  – an event which is set to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity.

Renowned for its supportive crowds, friendly volunteers and amazing atmosphere, the event is now widely regarded as one of the highlights on the city’s sporting calendar.

Among the more than 7000 runners set to take part are Actor Dean Smith, Educating Yorkshire star John Burton and Rugby League legends Barrie McDermott, Keith Senior and Jamie Peacock. Leeds athlete Callum Hall – paralysed after he stood on a sea urchin on holiday – will contest the Wheelchair race.

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.

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; Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Mandy Rivett, Asda Foundation Co-ordinator, said: “As a company we have very strong ties with Leeds and are delighted to support an event that does so much for good causes in the city and the wider region.

“Last month’s half marathon in Sheffield got the Asda Foundation series off to a super start and we are sure the Asda Foundation Leeds Half Marathon will once again be hugely successful.”

Organised by Run For All, 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.

Tristan Batley-Kyle, Head of Events at Run For All, said: “The Leeds Half Marathon is one of the flagship events of our season and we will be working very hard to ensure all those involved – runners, spectators and volunteers – have an excellent day.”  

Limited places remain in the Leeds Half Marathon; sign up at

The Leeds Half Marathon 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.

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