13 May

Leeds Half Hits Milestone

Image courtesy Simon DewhurstThe Leeds Half Marathon celebrated its 30th staging in style on Sunday (10 May) with almost 7000 runners taking part. The race saw Altrincham’s Mohammed Abu-Rezeq continue his fine 2015 form with victory in the men’s competition, while Hannah Oldroyd lead the female field home. 

The half marathon route started in The Headrow alongside Victoria Gardens, moved out of the city centre and return via Abbey Road and Kirkstall Road before finishing in Cookridge Street alongside Millennium Square.

Taking part was John Convery, the first winner of the Leeds Half Marathon in a time of 1:06:59, still one of the fastest recorded at the event. Convery, now 53, finished in a highly impressive 1:20:06, which secured him 33rd place.

Mohammed Abu-Rezeq, image by Simon DewhurstOn top of the men’s ladder was Abu-Rezeq, who followed up his victory at last month’s Cheshire 10K with a winning time of 1:11:18. Leeds City’s Mike Burrett took second in 1:12:08, with Alasdair Tatham in third place (1:13:56).

In the women’s field, Oldroyd, who has also enjoyed a successful season so far, set a winning time of 1:23:13. Nicola Gleadall took second place in 1:24:30 and Roslyn Eadie was third in 1:24:54.

Organised by Run For All, Leeds Half Marathon is part of the lasting legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson CBE who raised almost £2m for charity through a series of endurance challenges, despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer. Lucy Elsender, Run For All’s event lead, said: ³We are enormously grateful to all those who have supported today¹s run and done so much to make it such a success.”