Plans being drawn up to give Ilkley its own half-marathon race

Ilkley Town Council have got behind plans to launch a new half-marathon event in Ilkley, a town in West Yorkshire. Organisers are hoping to launch the event in 2019, proposing it will help runners from the North of England train for the 2019 London Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 28 April.

The event is thought to raise around £50,000 for good causes, as runners take on the 13.1 mile race for charity. Currently being planned by Ilkley and District Round Table, they are hoping this will become a regular event, taking place in late March.

Nick Helliwell, from Ilkley and District Round Table said: “Our intention is to give people in the North of England a race they can use to train for the London Marathon. We believe that this event should be great for Ilkley.”

Following the meeting where the town council all voted in favour of supporting the race, Helliwell added: “We intend to time the event for London Marathon runners to use as a warm up. Most of these events are currently in the south, we’d like to provide an event for the people of Yorkshire and the rest of the north of England.”

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