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Leeds Half Marathon 2018 road closures revealed

A number of road closures between Kirkstall and Leeds city centre have been announced for this weekend’s Leeds Half Marathon.

The race, which raises many tens of thousands of pounds for charity, gets under way at 9am on Sunday, May 13.

The route starts in The Headrow alongside Victoria Gardens, heads out of the city centre, takes in a section of the Ring Road and returns via Abbey Road and Kirkstall Road before finishing in Cookridge Street alongside Millennium Square.

Route map

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Here’s a map of the route:

Road closures

Road closures in West Leeds include the whole of:

Hawksworth Road
Abbey Road (Both Directions)
Commercial Road (Both directions)
Kirkstall Road (Both directions)

Closures will run between 4am and 4pm as necessary.


Diversions include:

Leeds half marathon road closures diversions 2018


  1. This is all well, but yet again we will be held prisoners in our homes on Butcher Hill, unless, we go out earlier than usual and come back later, this stops our legal right to roam free,
    We wish, we were informed weeks ago via a simple leaflet posted through the door, yet again we feel let down

  2. Fed up with all these closures in North and North West Leeds, two Sundays in a row where cannot get around either in the car or bus. Why are they always in the north of the City? They could use south Leeds or East Leeds for a change, I am told there is another closure for the Triathalon in few weeks time.

  3. Please Leeds City Council – we have to close our business for Marathons. Tour de Yorkshire and The Triathalon. No one wants to be a killjoy but this affects our turnover and hence profitability. Times are difficult enough for everyone in Retail without this. Please share out the routing !!!!

  4. The only reason I knew my road (Meanwood Road) was closed was seeing a 2 mile sign appear today, 12 hours before the event and searching for events. I have work tomorrow and nothing informing me of road closures, including nothing on the road itself. I now have to figure alternative arrangements to work which is absurd!

  5. Im doing a 12 hour night shift at LGI and no doubt will have to fight with some official to be allowed out of the car park to go home

    The road closures were not as advertised. Plans supposedly made for phased closures. In fact all barriers were in place well before 0900. As for Otley Road being open…rubbish; that was shut by 0830. It seems the contractors just closed everything at the same time regardless of what had been agreed. Poor management of operations. Last year the closures took place as advertised, so everyone could make their journeys into Leeds as planned. Another oversight was the lack of signage to Event Parking. I wanted to use Woodhouse Lane car park but could not find a way to get there. Parked on road near Regent Street instead.

  7. Why can’t they have these races in parks instead making people’s lives hard I can’t work stressed out what a joke have them in a park roundhay park etc
    It’s already hard enough to make money

  8. Hope next year the times of the road closures will be as advertised, and not at the whim of the highways team, which is what happened in 2018.


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