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Leeds Half Marathon

9:30am Sun 13th May 2018 • by The Yorkshire Marathon
Leeds, West Yorkshire, GB
Run 13.1mi

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What you need to know

The Leeds Half Marathon which this year celebrates its 33rd outing - is firmly established as one of the highlights on Leeds sporting calendar thanks to its challenging course, enthusiastic crowds and fantastic atmosphere.

Around 9,000 signed up for last year's event raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities and good causes across Yorkshire and beyond.

The route starts in The Headrow alongside Victoria Gardens, heads out of the city centre, takes in a section of the Ring Road and returns via Abbey Road and Kirkstall Road before finishing in Cookridge Street alongside Millennium Square.

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With its city centre start and finish, the Leeds Half Marathon brings excitement, colour, crowds and a great atmosphere to the heart of the country’s third biggest city. A mass warm-up ensures that everyone is raring to go and the race gets underway at 9.30am on The Headrow next to Victoria Gardens.

Cheering crowds line the route as runners head to the finish in Cookridge Street alongside the showpiece Millennium Square, which is a perfect venue for our event hub. Passing through the finish area you’ll collect water and an energy drink to replenish and rehydrate, and your finisher’s goody bag to showcase your achievement.

Along with baggage store and toilets, the square is the location for the charity village where you can learn all about the excellent work of our partner charities. There is an array of restaurants, cafes and bars in and around Millennium Square making it a great place to celebrate your achievement with family and friends.

What’s Included

What’s included?

  • Chip timing
  • Finisher’s goody bag
  • Quality tech T-shirt
  • Exclusive medal
  • A fantastic day to remember
Course Details

Our Asda Foundation Leeds Half Marathon is a beautiful summer’s day event and one of Yorkshire’s most popular charity road runs. The route has been known as an effective stepping stone for The Yorkshire Marathon as you are challenged with similar hilly terrains.

Starting on The Headrow, in the heart of the City Centre, runners are instantly hit with the euphoria that surrounds this fantastic event. Eventually, the course heads out of the City Centre, via New Briggate, towards the delightful village of Meanwood.

At around the 9-mile mark, runners meet Abbey Road which boasts the stunning Kirkstall Abbey – a fabulous example of Medieval Cistercian. It is then a triumphant return to the City Centre along the Kirkstall Road.

Reentering the City Centre, runners are treated to the welcoming site of the majestic Town Hall. Finishing at a packed Millennium Square provides runners with an ideal finale to their fantastic achievement!


With extensive transport links, Leeds is one of the country’s most accessible cities.


Frequent, direct trains carry visitors from London to Leeds in just over two hours. There are also regular services from Scotland, the North East, the Midlands and across the Pennines.


From the M1 – Leave the M1 at junction 45 and take the third exit signposted A63/Pontefract Lane. Continue straight over three roundabouts, following signs for East St/A61. When reaching the junction, keep right to leave the A63 and continue onto the A61. On reaching the junction with Crown Point Road, keep right to continue to follow A61.


Woodhouse Lane Car Park is the closest Leeds City Council car park to the start of the Leeds Half Marathon and is open 24 hours.


Leeds Bradford International Airport lies eight miles north of the city.

A half-hourly Airlink Bus (no 757) goes between the airport and Leeds City Bus and Coach Station and the City Train Station. Contact 0113 345 7676.

Please be aware that a number of roads will be affected by closures on the day. Road closure advice will be issued prior to the event.


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Headphones are allowed, but, for your own safety, please ensure you are able to hear any instructions from event staff, marshals or police.

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