Fundraisers go distance at Leeds Harewood House Half Marathon

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A thousand fundraisers pulled on their running shoes to tackle a new half marathon through one of the county’s most picturesque estates.

Fitness fans taking part in the inaugural Harewood House Half Marathon were treated to glorious sunshine as they raced 13.1 miles through the grounds of the iconic stately home, which is also home to the set of hit ITV soap Emmerdale.

Runners set off at the first British Heart Foundation Half Marathon at Harewood House, Leeds

Runners set off at the first British Heart Foundation Half Marathon at Harewood House, Leeds

As well as giving their own tickers a boost, participants were also helping hearts around the nation, as the race was organised by the charity BHF (British Heart Foundation).

Organisers had urged people across Yorkshire to ditch their usual Sunday morning routine, get on their feet and fight back against coronary heart disease, the UK’s single biggest killer.

Helen Wright, regional event organiser for the BHF, said: “Coronary heart disease is not beaten yet – it remains the single biggest killer in the UK. It is responsible for almost 80,000 deaths each year – that’s over 200 people dying every single day, so we urgently need the people of Yorkshire to support us in our search for the breakthrough that’s so desperately needed.

“A BHF event is the perfect way to support the nation’s heart charity, save lives and improve your own heart health at the same time.”

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