In the North, we're delighted to have charity places for this year’s Leeds Half Marathon for the first time. With thousands of runners taking part in 2014, the event is back for 2015, taking place on Sunday 10 May. The route is just over 13 miles, and this half marathon is one of the highlights of Leeds' sporting calendar.
There’s no entry fee for runners who obtain a charity place from us, meaning that they will save the standard £29.70 entry fee. We ask charity place runners to pledge to raise £200 in sponsorship.
One of our supporters Becky Kingston (pictured) is taking part in the Leeds Half Marathon in memory of her friend Abbey Wade and to raise vital funds needed for our lifesaving research. Becky says:
We've got a limited number of places which are available on a first come first served basis. To inspire you to take on the challenge, I’d like to share our current work happening in Leeds.
We're currently investing over £1.1 million into beating blood cancers in Leeds. Our researchers at the University of Leeds are looking into new treatments and improvements in diagnosis for patients with leukaemia and lymphoma.
Yorkshire is also home to a unique project funded by Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research which for the first time is revealing a complete picture of blood cancer patient's journeys from diagnosis onwards, that's helping to improve treatments and the wider healthcare policy, locally and across the UK.
The Haematological Malignancy Diagnostic Service (HMDS), based at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds, provides a single, centralised, blood cancer diagnostic service for the 14 hospitals in the Yorkshire Cancer Network, Yorkshire Coast Cancer Network and the Humber Cancer Network.
HMDS is part of the Haematological Malignancy Research Network (HMRN), and together with epidemiologists and statisticians at the University of York, HMRN uses data from every patient diagnosed by the HMDS and follows their patient journey, from diagnosis to treatment and beyond.
Back in 2011 Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research launched a unique network of clinical trials centres, which will give blood cancer patients access to new life-saving drugs, sooner and improve survival rates. This initiative, called the Trials Acceleration Programme, is an innovative clinical trials network that links 13 leading hospitals in the UK and means that patients have access to cutting edge treatments at their local hospital. Our TAP Manager recently shared a blog highlighting the great news that TAP has progressed from a pilot to a full programme and has been funded for another 5 years. We're very fortunate to have a TAP centre in Leeds, along with a fantastic level of research taking place to beat blood cancer.
So if you fancy a challenging course, why not sign up for the Leeds Half Marathon, an event that’s going from strength to strength? Help us raise vital funds to help blood cancer patients across the UK. Sign up by clicking here.
If you’ve already secured a place in this year’s event and would like to run for us, we’d love to have you as part of the team, simply click here to join our team.