Ilkley Half goes virtual for revolutionary baby incubator at LGI


  • Ilkley Half Marathon will take place virtually for 2020

  • Aims to raise over £25,000 for the charity Children’s Heart Surgery Fund

  • Entry will be free

It has been announced that the annual Ilkley Half Marathon will take place virtually this year in aid of helping to fund a revolutionary baby incubator for Leeds Congenital Heart Unit, the first of its kind in Europe.

Organisers Ilkley and District Round Table have confirmed that the event, which has been sponsored by Ilkley-based online training providers High Speed Training, will be free to enter and aims to raise over £25,000 for the charity Children’s Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF).

The incubator, which can take images of babies’ hearts, will be the first of its kind outside of the USA and will help save the babies born with congenital heart disease across the country. The state-of-the-art technology will transform the patient experience for families, by enabling clinicians to perform MRI scans on babies with complex heart defects and achieve comprehensive information for quicker, safer and more effective treatment.

MRI scanners currently available within European hospitals are unsuitable for babies without the need for general anaesthetics, which can cause cardiac arrest and put babies’ lives at risk. The technology will also replace CT scans sometimes used instead, that expose babies to radiation and have associated health risks, as well as providing limited information.