Tragic Leeds runner was training for a half marathon

A woman who died following a collision with a car on a Leeds ring road was in training to complete a half marathon, an inquest was told.

Wednesday, 15th February 2017, 12:17 pm
Updated Tuesday, 28th February 2017, 12:16 pm
Rachel Watson, who died following a collision with a car on a Leeds ring road while she was out running.

Rachel Watson, of Edgerton Road, Leeds left her home to go for a run at around 10am on the morning of the incident on February 4. Wakefield Coroner’s Court was told today that she was following a training programme for a forthcoming half marathon.

At around 10.20am, the 43-year-old, who was self-employed, was in collision with a vehicle travelling behind her on the A6120 ring road dual carriageway near Meanwood.

The hearing was told she was taken to intensive care at Leeds General Infirmary but did not survive her injuries.

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Area coroner Jonathan Leech adjourned the hearing pending further enquiries.

Mrs Watson’s family paid tribute to her in a statement earlier this week. They said: “Rachel was beautiful, warm, generous and kind - nothing was too much trouble for her family or her friends. She also had a great sense of fun and would light up any gathering.”