Leeds Half Marathon to thrive with new partnershipThe Leeds Half Marathon has entered a bold new era with an exciting partnership that will see the event continue to attract experienced and charity runners for years to come
The event will now be managed by Jane Tomlinson’s For All Events, with the first race under its management to take place on 13 May 2012. The established race will be added to the not-for-profit event organisation’s 2012 calendar, which includes the existing Run For All Leeds 10K, Leeds Junior and Mini runs and other running, walking and swimming events across Yorkshire that support local charities. The event was previously managed by Leeds City Council and has now been handed to Leeds-based For All Events in a 10-year deal. This partnership will allow the event to develop and grow to be become one of the biggest and best charity running events in the country.Tracey Morris, supporter of the organisation and member of the local Valley Striders running club, said that the change will benefit everyone in the area, be them experienced, first time or charity runners: 'The Leeds Half Marathon attracts runners from across the country who are looking for a more challenging run, and is a real bonus for the city and the running community.'Knowing that the race will thrive for the next ten years is fantastic and For All Events has proved itself more than able to put on a great race year after year.”Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie said: “We are delighted to be entering into this agreement with Jane Tomlinson’s For All Events to organise the Leeds Half-Marathon. 'Working with the For All Events team, who have already put forward some really exciting ideas for the future, will enable the event to flourish and develop in the coming years into one of the leading mass-participation activities in the region. We are very confident this agreement will be a great success and we are really looking forward to a fantastic event in 2012 and beyond.'Felicity Cross, spokesperson for For All Events, said: 'Next year sees the 10th anniversary of Jane Tomlinson’s first London Marathon and the beginning of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. Being able to mark this with our first Half Marathon, back on home turf here in Leeds, is something For All Events is very proud of. 'Experienced, amateur, first-time and charity runners are all welcome. In the spirit of Run For All, we would encourage everyone to take on the challenge of the Leeds Half Marathon and sign up today.'Entries are open now at www.forallevents.co.ukThe Leeds Half Marathon will encourage entrants to run for their local hospice. Partner charities of the Leeds Half Marathon will be: St Gemma’s, Sue Ryder Wheatfields, Sue Ryder Manorlands, Overgate Hospice, Martin House, St Leonard’s, Saint Michael’s and Forget Me Not. The Leeds Half Marathon will be supported by: Leeds City Council, 105 Capital FM, Yorkshire Evening Post, Asda Foundation and Physioworld.