Ilkley witnessed a momentous occasion on Sunday, 16th July, as the highly anticipated Ilkley Half Marathon and its Event Village, organised by the dedicated members of Ilkley & District Round Table, took centre stage.
With an unprecedented number of 2275 enthusiastic entrants, the event showcased the true spirit of community, endurance, and philanthropy, raising over £32,000 for charitable causes.
The Ilkley Half Marathon, renowned for its breathtaking route through the stunning landscapes of the Wharfedale Valley, attracted participants from all walks of life, including seasoned athletes, passionate amateurs, and first-time runners eager to challenge themselves for a worthy cause. Mr Lawrence McCourt won the event shattering the race record by an impressive two minutes finishing in a remarkable time of 1:07:04.
Mr. Matthew Barnacle, Race Director of Ilkley & District Round Table, expressed his delight at the remarkable success of the event. "We are immensely proud to have organised such a fantastic event that not only promotes health and fitness but also gives back to the community. The overwhelming response from both participants and sponsors is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our Roundtable members and the collective spirit of the Ilkley community. Together, we have raised a substantial amount for charity, and we are excited to see the positive impact it will have on the lives of those in need."
The Event Village on West Holmes Field was a vibrant and bustling hub of activities that kept participants and spectators engaged throughout the day. Featuring a variety of attractions, including local vendors, food stalls, live music, interactive zones for families and three flypasts by a Royal Air Force Lancaster Bomber from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight based at RAF Coningsby fostered a real sense of camaraderie and celebration.
The members of Ilkley & District Round Table would like to express their gratitude to all sponsors, volunteers, participants, and the wider community for their invaluable support in making this event a resounding success. The funds raised will go directly to supporting local charities, positively impacting the lives of individuals, groups and families in need.
Ilkley & District Round Table is a passionate and active organisation that strives to make a positive difference within the community. By organising events like the Ilkley Half Marathon & Ilkley Beer Festival, they aim to promote community engagement, health, and charity support.
Anyone wanting more information about Ilkley & District Round Table can follow the group on Facebook or visit the website: ilkleyroundtable.org.uk
Register your interest for a place at Ilkley Half Marathon 2024 place here.