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Ilkley Half Marathon and Festival

The inaugural Ilkley Half Marathon will see 2000 runners of all shapes, sizes and experience enjoying the picturesque route around Ilkley, Addingham and Nesfield.


Organisers, Ilkley and District Round Table, have created a festival alongside the race, so everyone can have a day of fun.

All of the proceeds from the event will be put back into our community, providing much needed financial support to local charities and groups.

So what do you need to know?


Sunday 14 July 2019



Event 08:30 - 16:00

Race warm up 10:15

Race start 10:30



The event village is based on West Holmes Field, Ilkley, LS29 0AD.on

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How can I sign up?

The event is sold out, you can register for 2020 early bird list here.  Why not go along and support those entering and soak up the festival atmosphere, details below.


Parking will be available on East Holmes Field from 7:00, free but donations are encouraged, however organisers recommend using public transport.  There will also be cycle racking.

Half Festival - free entry

The event isn’t just for runners - there will be plenty for everyone!

Live music from Rupert Stroud, Sawdust & Bradford Concert Band.

Food & drink – hotdogs, burgers, pizza, waffles, ice cream and more!

Children’s entertainment, including an inflatable obstacle course and bouncy castle.

Plus a climbing wall, face painting, crafts and much more.

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Race route

The race starts on Nesfield Rd, heading up New Brook St and towards Ben Rhydding on Leeds Rd, Little Ln and Valley Dr.  Runners will then go up Wheatley Ln, along Bolling Rd back into Ilkley along the Grove to the A65.

Heading out of Ilkley on Skipton Rd (A65) on to Ilkley old Rd into Addingham, taking Main St and Bolton Rd to Bolton Abbey and the A59.  The route then heads back towards Ilkley via Beamsley and Nesfield, past Ilkley Golf Club to the finish on Denton Rd.

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Road closures

There will be parking restrictions on New Brook Street from 06:30 for the whole day.

Roads will start to close from 9:30, with the whole route closed^ by approximately 10:00 to create a sterile area for the runners, the A65 will be closed as late as possible.  Roads will reopen when the last runners have safely passed, the approximate last runner times are shown below.

^A59 at Bolton Bridge will be managed by stop/go boards to minimise disruption. 

The road signs around town say 10:00 until 14:00 as the closing stages of the route will be closed until this time, however the A65 should be fully reopened by midday at the latest.

Roads closures are being controlled by a traffic management company and diversion signs will be in place outside of Ilkley.

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The time limit for the Ilkley Half Marathon is four hours. This means the finish line will be closed at 14:30 and roads around the course will reopen to traffic according to this pace.


How will public transport be affected?

Buses will be unable to run in or out of Ilkley from mid-morning until lunchtime, whilst the race takes over the roads.

The following journeys will be diverted away from the Ilkley area, and will not call at Burley-in-Wharfedale, Ilkley or Addingham:

- DalesBus 874 to Bolton Abbey, Grassington, Kettlewell and Buckden usually due from Ilkley at 1015

- DalesBus 884 to Skipton and Malham usually due from Ilkley at 1015

- DalesBus 875 to Kettlewell, Buckden, Aysgarth and Hawes usually due from Ilkley at 1040

On DalesBus route 873 the following journeys will only run between Skipton and Bolton Bridge, and will not serve Ilkley:

- bus from Skipton at 1030 (will terminate at Bolton Bridge at 1057)

- bus usually due from Ilkley at 1140 (will start from Bolton Bridge at 1154)

On Keighley Bus Co route 62 the following journeys will only run between Keighley and Addingham, and will not serve Ilkley:

- buses from Keighley at 1110 and 1210

- buses usually due from Ilkley at 1153 and 1253

On First Leeds route X84 buses will only run between Leeds and Burley-in-Wharfedale, and will not serve Ilkley whilst roads are closed in the Ben Rhydding area, between approx. 1000 and 1200.

Trains will be busy and run a reduce service on Sunday's, so please check train times.


The event requires over 200 volunteers to help with a range of roles from Race Marshalls and water stations to supporting visitors and the event village located at the Start/Finish line at West Holme Fields. A number of local organisations, including the Rotary Clube of Ilkley, Olicana 41 Club, IRFC & Ilkley Harriers will be supporting the event and more assistance is required. 


If you are interested in being a volunteer you can see a brief description of the roles needed as well as a sign up form by visiting: or email

More information


The event website:

Facebook page:



Email the event organisers:

If you are taking part, there are useful questions and answers at

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