Leeds & West Yorkshire

City roads in Leeds closed for half marathon

Leeds half marathon runners in 2014 Image copyright Run for All
Image caption Organisers say they expect 9,000 runners at the event on Sunday in Leeds

Road closures will be put in place in the centre of Leeds as an expected 9,000 runners take part in the city's half marathon on Sunday.

The city council said many roads in the city centre would be shut to traffic from 04:00 BST.

Other roads along the route, including sections of the outer ring road in north Leeds, will be shut from about 09:00 BST.

Organisers said the entry was "the biggest in the event's history".

The road closures are expected to be lifted by mid-afternoon.

Among the thousands expected to take part will be England Rugby Union head coach Stuart Lancaster, former England footballer Danny Mills and racing driver Daniel Lloyd.

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

Organisers said: "Back in 1986, around 900 runners lined up for the race, with the field now increasing tenfold, the run is now believed to be the biggest half marathon ever held in Yorkshire."

Among those taking part this year is John Convery, the first winner of the Leeds Half Marathon in a time of 1:06:59 - still one of the fastest in the event's history.

He said: "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."

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