Charities across Yorkshire had 150,000 reasons to celebrate when they gathered for the launch of the 2014 Jane Tomlinson Leeds Half Marathon.
With thousands of runners eagerly anticipating this year’s challenge on Sunday, May 11, it was revealed that last year’s race matched 2012’s record-breaking performance and raised a massive £150,000 for the event’s official partner charities – all Yorkshire hospices.
And on top of the £150,000, tens of thousands of pounds more were raised by runners who took on the 13.1 miles for other good causes of their choice.
The Run For All team took over the organisation of the race from Leeds City Council in 2012 and is due to run the event for 10 years, putting it on course to raise well over £1.5m for Leeds Half Marathon partner charities.
Run For All Senior Event lead, Lynne Preston, said: “It is wonderful that thanks to the fund-raising efforts of so many runners such a huge amount has been raised for our partner charities and other good causes.
“We are looking forward to this year’s Leeds Half Marathon and are confident it will be another fantastic success.”
Leeds City Council’s Executive Member for Leisure and Skills, Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, said: “Last year’s Leeds Half Marathon was a huge success with £150,000 being raised for the 10 official partner charities, in addition to many smaller donations by runners and their individual sponsors.
“This is a hugely-significant local event and I’m delighted to see it returning for another year. Sport in Leeds is booming at the moment with the two rugby World Cups, Sports Personality of the Year and the Tour de France all coming to the city in the space of just three years.
“It’s brilliant to see events like this which allow people of all ages and abilities to get involved. Best of luck to everyone taking part!”
The Leeds run is one of the country’s leading half marathons and thousands of runners will line up on the start on Sunday, May 11. The course starts in The Headrow with the finishing line in Cookridge Street alongside the landmark Millennium Square.
The event also includes the hugely popular corporate relay in which companies and other organisations will be out to show they are the city’s fastest firm.
Teams must have six runners with the first five each completing two miles and the final team member taking on 3.1 miles. There are prizes for the first teams home and, like all competitors, all finishing teams will receive T-shirts and medals.
And young runners are not forgotten, either, with the Arena Group Leeds Mini and Junior Run taking place while the adults are out on course.
The kids’ runs are entirely free to enter, thanks to the continued sponsorship of the Arena Group. Youngsters between 3 and 8 can take on the mini run and its 1.5km course with a parent, while those aged 9 to 14 are invited to tackle the 2.5km course.
As well as free entry, there will be goody bags and medals for all.
To enter any of the events, go to: www.runforall.com