Countdown to Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon

Runners limbering up ahead of last year's Leeds Half Marathon

Runners limbering up ahead of last year's Leeds Half Marathon

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THOUSANDS of runners are set to help clock up a special milestone at the Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon next month.

The Yorkshire Evening Post-sponsored race, which last year raised £150,000 alone for its 10 partner charities, will be staged for the 30th time on Sunday, May 10.

Race organisers, Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All, have revealed which roads will be closed or have access restricted on the day.

Closures will start from 4am and will affect roads around the 13.1 mile course. Routes will reopen on a rolling timetable as soon as it is safe.

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 city centre roads affected by 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.

Meanwood Road will be closed between 9am and 11am. Among other roads affected will be Bentley Lane, Stainbeck Avenue, Stonegate Road, King Lane, Weetwood Road, Spen Road, Commercial Road and Kirkstall Lane.

A full list is available at www.theyorkshiremarathon.com

Leeds Half Marathon event lead Lucy Elsender, said: “We work really hard to minimise any disruption and all roads are reopened 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.”

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