City prepares for the inaugural Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon

Thousands of runners will head to Leeds on Sunday 14 May for Yorkshire’s biggest running event, the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon, in partnership with Clarion.

The Leeds Half Marathon will also be taking place on the same day.

The Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon marks the first time the city of Leeds has hosted a marathon in over 20 years.

Honouring Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow, the marathon aims to drive awareness and funds for the Leeds Hospitals Charity appeal to build the Rob Burrow Centre for MND in Leeds, as well as raising vital funds for the MND Association.

Organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All, in partnership with Leeds City Council, event organisers are advising runners and spectators to plan ahead and book travel for the day.

Road closures will be in place to facilitate the marathon route and vehicle access for non-residents will be restricted.

Spectators and participants are advised to plan journeys in advance and avoid driving into Headingley on race day.

Tickets are now available for dedicated Park and Ride services open to both participants and spectators.

These include; Stourton Park and Ride, Leeds Beckett Headingley Campus Park and Stride, City Centre Shuttle Bus and a dedicated Spectator Shuttle bus which will travel to various spectator points on course, including Bramhope and Otley.

For more information, participants and spectators are advised to go to:

A limited number of spectator tickets will be available for those wishing to spectate within the grounds of Headingley Stadium.

These tickets will be free of charge and spectators will be able to access the stadium from 10.30am. Further information on spectator tickets will be available in the coming weeks on

Organisers are advising runners, spectators, residents and visitors that a number of the city’s roads will be closed or have access restricted to ensure the safety of all those taking part.

The marathon route will start outside Headingley Stadium on St Michael’s Lane and finish inside the stadium.

The circular route will take runners through the areas of Woodhouse Moor, Headingley, West Park, Adel, Bramhope and Pool in Wharfedale.

Runners will then weave through Otley, before travelling back towards Leeds and on to Headingley for the big finish.

The Leeds Half Marathon will feature much of the same route.

The Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon starts at 9am and the Leeds Half Marathon shortly after at 10am.  ​

Leeds City Council will shortly make an order prohibiting and restricting the use of certain roads and road junctions by vehicles.

The event will require the closure of roads and road junctions as well as suspension of a number of Traffic Regulation Orders between 4am on Sunday 14 May and 6.30pm on Sunday 14 May.

And the event will require some parking suspensions starting from 4pm on Saturday 13 May and finishing at 6.30pm on Sunday 14 May.

These will include: St Michael’s Lane, Kirkstall Lane, Beechwood Crescent, Newport View, Portland Crescent, Portland Gate, Shaw Lane, Grove Lane and Burras Lane.

Road closures for the start/finish area on St Michael’s Lane will come into force from 4am on Sunday 14 May and will be re-opened for 6.30pm on Sunday 14 May.

Closures around the route will begin from 7.30am in the Headingley area towards the city centre with closures around Bramhope/Adel/Lawnswood implemented from 8.30am.

Closures around Otley and Pool-in-Wharfedale will be implemented from 9am. Vehicle access will be maintained at crossing points across the route.

Road closures will be opened on a rolling basis when safe and Headingley Lane up to Bainbrigge Road will be re-opened for 11.30am.

Pool-in-Wharfedale closures will be re-opened for 1.45pm whilst Otley closures will be re-opened for 2.30pm.

Closures around Bramhope will be re-opened for 4.20pm while the whole of Otley Road will be re-opened for 4.45pm. The final closure on Cardigan Road will be re-opened for 5pm.

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

An interactive map with details and timings of road closures is available at:

For a list of crossing points around the route visit: