Final countdown is on for the Leeds Half Marathon

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Start limbering up – this year’s Leeds Half Marathon is now just over a week away.

The annual event is being held next Sunday, May 11, and will boast a record field of 7,000 entrants.

Runners are coming from as far away as the US, India and Hong Kong to take part in the race.

Famous faces tackling the course include former Leeds United star Danny Mills, Leeds Rhinos legend Barrie McDermott, England rugby union coach Stuart Lancaster and BBC sports presenter George Riley.

The event is organised by Run For All, the group that works to continue the fundraising legacy of the late Leeds cancer heroine Jane Tomlinson.

Lynne Preston, Run For All event lead, said: “The support for this year’s Leeds Half Marathon has been truly amazing.

“We wish all those taking part the very best of luck and hope the crowds turn out in force to give them the backing they deserve. It promises to be a great day.”

The race starts at 9.30am on the Headrow and finishes in Cookridge Street.

Event sponsors are the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds City Council, Asda Foundation, Capital FM and Powerade.

The day will also include a corporate relay race and the Arena Group Leeds Mini and Junior Run.

Last year’s half marathon raised £150,000 for its partner charities.

A number of the city’s roads will be closed or subject to restricted access as a result of the race.

The closures will begin from 4am on Sunday, with roads reopening on a rolling timetable as soon as it is safe to do so.

City centre routes affected include Cookridge Street, New Briggate and the Headrow between Oxford Place and Briggate.

For further details on the closures, visit the website.

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