Sunday 12th May 2019
Leeds Half Marathon
It was hot and sunny conditions for the 34th running of Leeds Half Marathon. Some runners came to win, some to raise funds for their favourite charity and others simply to finish. Whatever their reason for running, they were supported every step of the way by the usual enthusiastic crowds. The course takes runners along The Headrow, out of the city centre, along a section of the Ring Road and returns via Abbey Road and Kirkstall Road to a big finish in Cookridge Street alongside Millennium Square.
First male across the line was Mohammad Aburezeq in a time of 1:07:57. Abdalla Targan took second place in 1:09: 58 with Callum Elson third in 1:11:43. Faye Banks was first lady home in 1:21:32 followed by Jenni Muston for second spot (1:25:14) and our very own Horsforth Harrier Aisling Wall who took third in 1:26:02.
First Harrier across the line was Mark Smith in 1:16:25 (3rd M35). He was followed by: Barney Plummer 1:23:08, Chris Roebuck 1:23:31, Steve Large 1:24:24 (2nd M50), Aisling Wall 1:25:56 (3rd lady), Colin McFadden 1:27:22 (3rd M50), Liz Huby 1:45:17, Graham Cottam 1:45:33, Ian Robertshaw 1:48:39, James Pierce 1:51:35, Natalie Wood 1:53:29, Andrew Harrop 1:52:31, Emma Harrop 1:53:19, Michael Yeadon 1:57:04, Becky Black 1:58:31, Abigail Fairbairn 2:02:10, Steve Wood 2:08:56, Hayley Moore 2:11:28, Georgia McCracken 2:17:28, Anna Toner 2:33:33, Phil Smedley 2:21:05, Cassie Jackson-Mills 2:31:39, Melanie Nightingale 2:34:53, Kathryn Maltby 2:34:33 and Hilary Wharam 3:02:08 (1st F75).
Starting and finishing on Hell Wath Nature Reserve, this is an undulating picturesque course that leads runners around the Studley Royal Estate with beautiful views of Ripon and the surrounding countryside. Now part of the Hornblower Series. Paul Freeman was the only Harrier taking part crossing the line in 1:14:21.
*Main image – Aisling Wall (right) pictured after finishing 3rd lady at Leeds Half Marathon 2019 – photo courtesy of Jane Tomlinson’s Run for All