THE XO Fitness Ilkley Half Marathon is set to take place on Sunday, July 14 and is expected to attract over 2,500 entries.

The event, organised by the Ilkley and District Round Table, promises to be a fun-filled day, offering something for everyone while supporting local charities and community projects.

The event is entirely volunteer-run and 100 per cent non-profit. It is on track to raise over £50,000 for local good causes.

The event village at West Holmes Field is open to the public from 8am and will feature live music, food and drink vendors, and a host of activities for children, including inflatables and games. The kids zone opens at 10am, before the start of the race at 10.30am.

Roads around the course will close at 10.15am and reopen as the last runner has passed.

Due to overwhelming demand, only 50 tickets remain available for the half marathon. Prospective participants are urged to sign up as soon as possible to secure their spot and avoid disappointment.

The event is being sponsored by XO Fitness, which was founded by Chris Cummin and Harry Morse and opened in January 2024 at The Moors shopping complex in Ilkley.

Organisers have made several changes this year which they say will be of benefit to runners and local residents.

The start line has been moved to the corner of Denton Road and New Brook Street to allow runners to access the start assembly directly from the event village.

A new town centre loop in Ilkley has been added to make the first mile of the race even more electric for runners and spectators.

Run pacers will be available to help participants achieve their running goals and assist with positioning in the start assembly.

A new car park at Ilkley Tennis Club will reduce congestion, especially for runners driving from the west and new music spots around the course will enhance the atmosphere.

Race director Michael Odell said: "We are overwhelmed by the support from our community, volunteers, and local businesses. Your dedication and enthusiasm make the Ilkley Half Marathon a truly special event. Together, we are not only creating a memorable race day but also making a significant impact on local charities and community projects."

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