We are delighted to announce the date of this year's Leeds Half Marathon- it will be on Sunday September 7 2008.

The council is fully behind the rearranged event after it was originally stood down in favour of combining support for the race with the Jane Tomlinson Run for All.

However, after having listened to feedback from runners across the city, the council has pulled out all the stops in working with running clubs to sort out a new date for the city-based race.

The marathon effort included negotiating with the Kippax Harriers to rearrange the planned date of the Leeds Country Way run, which was pencilled in for September 7 but will now take place on August 31 instead.

Postal application forms will be available the first week of May or you can now enter on line at Runners World using the link below.

Link: Runners World online entry

Preparing for the Leeds half marathon 2008

Training plans for beginners and more experienced runners may be found on various websites including Runners World

Whether you are an experienced half marathon runner or this is your first half marathon, it is advisable to run some shorter races leading up to the Leeds Half. There are over 30 races in the Leeds area throughout the year. Most of these will be listed on the U K Results website.

If you are looking for advice about training or wanting to train with other runners, why not join a running club. There are over 20 clubs based in Leeds or who have training sessions in Leeds, all of whom will give you a friendly welcome. Click on this page from U K Athletics website and then enter "Leeds" in the keywords box.

Leeds half marathon 2007
The Leeds half marathon 2007 was a great success with over 5700 competitors taking part which is our largest number yet. The winner of the half marathon for males and females each received £500 in prize money. The first male and female from the Leeds local authority area, or from a leeds club, also received £200 in prize money.

The winner of this year's marathon Mark Steinle completed the course in 1:05:51. The first female runner to cross the line was Sue Harrison who completed the course in 1:17:23.

For a full list of all the results please follow the links below.

Download: Leeds half marathon 2007 results
Corporate challenge results

Top three places for each category

Male half marathon
1st Mark Steinle (Blackheath) 01:05:51
2nd James Walsh (Leeds City AC) 01:07:17
3rd David Watson (Holmfirth Harriers) 01:08:55

Female half marathon
1st Sue Harrison (Leamington C and AC) 01:17:23
2nd Andrea Dennison (Bingley Harriers) 01:25:19
3rd Simone Johnson (unattached) 01:26:40

1st male Leeds James Walsh (Leeds City AC) 01:07:17
1st female Leeds Simone Johnson (unattached) 01:26:40

Male club challenge
1st Leeds City AC (James Walsh, Tim Crossland, Chris Birchall)

Female club challenge
Kirkstall Harriers (Gemma Smith, Amanda Stevens, Sheila King)

Corporate Challenge results
1st Up and Running - team A 01:11:52
2nd West Yorkshire Police - team B 01:15:39
3rd London York Fund Managers ltd 01:23:41

1st Price Waterhouse Cooper - team A 01:32:42
2nd Up and Running head office 01:32:50
3rd BJSS ltd - team A 01:39:06

1st West Yorkshire Police - team A 01:38:38
2nd Deputy International - team C 02:01:15
3rd Leeds City Council - learning and leisure 02:05:27

Official race photographers
Marathon Photos.com the official race photographer, have taken photographs along the course and at the finish. These photos are available to every runner as exclusive photo products.

Link: www.marathon-photos.com

Race organisers
Run Leeds 2007
John Charles Centre for Sport
Middleton Grove
LS11 5DJ

Tel: 0113 3950001
or email sport.development@leeds.gov.uk