Thanks all round following Ilkley Half Marathon

Ilkley Half Marathon organisers Ilkley Round Table

Ilkley came alive on Sunday 11 July with the return of the Ilkley Half Marathon, organised by Ilkley and District Round Table, after a one-year hiatus due to Covid-19.

The road-closed event drew 2,000 runners from as far afield as Japan to Ilkley's picturesque surrounds. The event was established in 2019 to raise funds for the local community; this year's race expects to raise more than £40,000 for good causes.

Delivered entirely by volunteers, the true spirit of community was on display with enthusiastic crowds lining the Grove in Ilkley, Addingham's Main Street and the finish straight on Denton Road.

As the largest UK Athletics endorsed participation event Nationally since the pandemic struck in March 2019, it was a welcome boost to morale for keen runners who have been desperate to test themselves in race conditions.

Race Director, Matthew Ward, said, "We've waited a long time to stage this event for the community. We were delighted to raise funds for the Children's Heart Surgery Fund via the Ilkley Virtual Half last summer, and we were desperate to bring the running community togethe