Video: Race king John starts build-up to Leeds Half Marathon

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Keep on running – that was the message from amateur athlete John Convery at the launch of this year’s 2015 Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon.

John, 53, from Horsforth, was the winner of the Leeds Half when it was first held way back in 1986.

Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon launch with, front, Leeds City Council's Coun Lucinda Yeadon and John Convery.

Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon launch with, front, Leeds City Council's Coun Lucinda Yeadon and John Convery.

The Valley Striders running club member will also be competing when the Yorkshire Evening Post-sponsored race is staged for the 30th time on Sunday, May 10.

And today he was a special guest at Leeds Town Hall for the official start of the countdown to the milestone event.

John, who runs for England at veteran level, said: “Obviously I have fond memories of the very first Leeds Half Marathon.

“It was a great feeling to cross the line first and it’s amazing to think it was so long ago.

Obviously I have fond memories of the very first Leeds Half Marathon.

John Convery

“The event has developed a lot since those early days. It is fantastic that it has grown into such a popular race that always generates a wonderful atmosphere. I am really looking forward to it.”

Last year’s Leeds Half attracted 7,000 entrants and raised £150,000 for its partner charities.

It is one of a number of running events that form part of the legacy of the late Leeds fundraiser Jane Tomlinson.

Today it was also announced that broadband and phone services provider Plusnet will be the headline sponsor of the Leeds Half for the next three years.

Plusnet chief executive officer Andy Baker said the company was “absolutely delighted” to be involved.

The Leeds Half gets under way in The Headrow alongside Victoria Gardens, then heads out of the city centre and takes in a section of the ring road as well as Abbey Road and Kirkstall Road before finishing in Cookridge Street next to Millennium Square.

For further information about this year’s event, including entry details, visit the www.theyorkshiremarathon.com website.

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