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‘Plan ahead’ message as city prepares for Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon



'Plan ahead' message as city prepares for Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon

1000’s of runners are set to participate within the second annual Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon in partnership with Clarion, which is being held on Sunday, Could 12.

Organised by the not-for-profit sporting occasions firm Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All with help from Leeds Metropolis Council, the marathon will elevate funds for a string of fine causes, together with the Motor Neurone Illness (MND) Affiliation and a Leeds Hospitals Charity attraction to construct a Rob Burrow Centre for MND.

It additionally presents the proper likelihood for residents throughout Leeds to return collectively and assist showcase the easiest of their metropolis, with final 12 months’s inaugural marathon successful reward for the celebratory ambiance generated by the spectators who lined the 26.2-mile route.

As is normal apply for an occasion of this measurement, a significant programme of street closures and different visitors measures shall be in place on the day to assist maintain the runners protected.

The council and Run For All have already launched a wide-ranging engagement marketing campaign – together with e-mails and letter drops – to ensure residents and companies alongside the route know what’s being deliberate.

And, with race day quick approaching, the broader Leeds public are actually being requested to take a couple of minutes to acquaint themselves with the related visitors and journey preparations.

The marathon will begin and finish at AMT Headingley Rugby Stadium, with runners following a round route that originally winds round Woodhouse Moor earlier than putting out for Adel, Lawnswood, Bramhope, Pool in Wharfedale and Otley. The Leeds Half Marathon, which can be on Could 12, will use a lot of the identical route. The 2 occasions have collectively attracted round 14,000 entrants.

St Michael’s Lane in Headingley will near automobiles from 4am on the 12th earlier than North Lane and Cardigan Highway observe swimsuit at 6am. Closures of chosen roads will kick in between 6am and seven.30am in different elements of Headingley and Far Headingley.

Additional closures will then come into drive from 8.30am within the Adel, Lawnswood and Bramhope areas, and from 9am round Pool in Wharfedale and Otley.

Affected roads alongside the route shall be reopened on a rolling foundation by way of the day as quickly as it’s protected to take action.

Additional street closure info – together with an inventory of car crossing factors and leaflets giving entry particulars for particular person areas – may be discovered right here.

Folks travelling to Headingley – both to participate or help the runners – are being inspired to make use of particular park & trip and shuttle providers that shall be working from Elland Highway, Stourton and the town centre. A ‘park & stride’ possibility is obtainable for many who want to depart their vehicles at Cinder Moor and stroll the mile or so up the A660 into Headingley. There shall be no devoted occasion parking in Headingley itself.

Councillor Jonathan Pryor, Leeds Metropolis Council’s deputy chief and government member for financial system, tradition and training, mentioned:

“Final 12 months’s Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon was an unbelievable event that raised tens of millions of kilos for charity and shone a extremely constructive gentle on our metropolis.

“We have now been working onerous alongside our companions at Run For All to make sure that this 12 months’s occasion is even greater and higher, with visitors planning forming a key factor of these preparations.

“We’re encouraging everybody to search out a few minutes between now and Could 12 to see how they could be affected by the short-term street closures which are wanted for the protected and clean working of the occasion.

“There’ll inevitably be some disruption on the day however residents can relaxation assured that we are going to be doing our utmost to minimise the impression, and we thank them upfront for his or her endurance and understanding.

“Having taken half in final 12 months’s marathon, I’m wanting ahead to working once more subsequent month and experiencing a repeat of the magical ambiance that an occasion like this at all times creates.

“It was fantastic final 12 months to see so many individuals out lining the route and cheering on the runners, and I’m positive the Leeds public will do us proud this time round as effectively.”

The marathon is being held in honour of Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow, who was identified with MND in 2019 and has since labored tirelessly to boost consciousness of the situation and ship improved look after others affected by it.

His good friend and former Rhinos team-mate Kevin Sinfield, in the meantime, has raised tens of millions of kilos for MND-related causes by tackling a sequence of endurance challenges, together with final 12 months’s Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon.

Rob additionally took half, utilizing a specially-adapted wheelchair to hitch Kevin out on the course earlier than they crossed the ending line collectively.

Kevin is ready to run the marathon once more this 12 months, with Rob doing the honours as occasion starter.

Tristan Batley-Kyle, operations director at Run For All, mentioned:

“We’re vastly excited for the return of the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon subsequent month.

“The town got here out in drive final 12 months and the ambiance and help on the course was merely unbelievable. With many 1000’s of runners on the beginning line once more this 12 months, it guarantees to be one other special occasion not just for the town but additionally for Rob and Kev and the wonderful MND group.

“With the assistance of our wonderful runners, we proceed to have the ability to generate an enormous enhance for the 2 major accomplice charities – the MND Affiliation and the Rob Burrow Centre for MND Attraction – in addition to a number of different charities.”

Notes to editors:

Run For All is a not-for-profit firm that varieties a part of the lasting legacy of the late novice athlete and fundraiser Jane Tomlinson CBE. Jane, from Leeds, made headlines world wide by collaborating in a sequence of unbelievable endurance occasions regardless of being identified with an incurable most cancers.

The Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon and Leeds Half Marathon’s accomplice charities are the MND Affiliation, the Rob Burrow Centre for MND Attraction, Candlelighters, Macmillan Most cancers Assist, St Gemma’s Hospice, Yorkshire Most cancers Analysis, Alzheimer’s Society, the Leeds Rhinos Basis and the Jane Tomlinson Attraction. Leeds-based regulation agency Clarion is the marathon’s title sponsor.


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