Yorkshire Times
Weekend Edition
1:00 AM 27th April 2024

City Prepares For The Return Of The Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon And Leeds Half Marathon

Thousands of runners will gather in Leeds on Sunday 12th May to take part in either the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon, in partnership with Clarion or Leeds Half Marathon.

Inspiring runners and athletes alike will be lacing up their trainers for Yorkshire’s biggest running event. The marathon and half marathon will both feature a start and finish line at AMT Headingley Stadium.

The circular marathon route will take in some of Leeds’s most scenic countryside and outer suburbs, journeying around Woodhouse Moor before travelling up through Headingley, Adel and Bramhope and heading out to Otley and back for the big finish.

The Half Marathon will be taking place on the same day and will cover much of the same route.

In partnership with Leeds City Council, event organiser’s, Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All, the UK’s largest not-for-profit events company, are now advising runners, spectators, residents and visitors that a number of road closures and restrictions will be in place to ensure the safety of all those taking part.

The marathon race will start at 9.00am and half marathon will follow shortly after at 10.00am.

The event will require the closure of roads and road junctions as well as the suspension of a number of Traffic Regulation Orders between 04:00 and 18:30 on Sunday 12th May.

The event will also require a number of parking suspensions around the route including and not limited to: St Michael’s Lane, Cardigan Road, St Ann’s Lane, Wood Lane, Cattle Market Street Newport View, Beechwood Crescent, Kirkstall Lane, North Lane, Portland Crescent, Portland Gate, Grove Lane, Shaw Lane& Creskeld Lane from 16:00 on Saturday 11th May to 18:30 on Sunday 12th May. Please note depending on the area of the route these parking restrictions will be lifted earlier than 18;30.

Please note that tow operations will be in place around St Michael’s Lane.

Road closures will begin at 04:00 around the start/finish line (St Michael’s Lane/Newport View) on Sunday 12th May. The closure around St Michael’s Lane will re-open no later than 18:30..

Initial closures around Cardigan Road and Kirkstall Lane/North Lane will come into force from 06:00 and re-open at 17:30 whilst the rest of the closures around Headingley and the city centre will come into force from 07:30 and will be re-opened for 11:30. Closures around Otley Road will come into force from 08:00 to 8:30 up to Lawnswood roundabout and will re-open for 16:45 and then up to New Pool Bank Road for 16:20.

Closures around Eccup Lane and Arthington Road will come into force from 08:30 and be re-opened for 12:30. The final closures on route around Pool and Otley including Otley Town Centre, Leeds Road, A660 Leeds Road and the A659 Pool Road will come into force for 09:00 and will be re-opened between 13:30 and 15:15.

For full details of the road closures and other traffic restrictions visit:

A number of travel services will be available across the city for both participants and spectators travelling to the event.

These services include: Elland Road Park and Ride, Stourton Park and Ride, City Centre Shuttle Bus
and Cinder Moor Park and Stride.

For further information, please go to

Tristan Batley-Kyle, Operations Director at Run For All said:
“For an event of this scale, significant road closures will be required.

“We are working in partnership with Leeds City Council, local authority highways, emergency services and multi-agency planning groups to make sure the event is operated safely and securely.

“Some road closures will be put in place to ensure the safety of the participants and spectators.

“We would like to thank all residents in advance for their understanding and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused. Please be assured that all closures will be lifted as soon as possible.

"We thank you for your support of the 2024 Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon & Leeds Half Marathon.”

Entries are still open for both events. Those wishing to participate are encouraged to go to to enter.