The Leeds 10km 2020

The iconic Leeds 10km route takes you on a sight seeing tour of Headingley and the city centre.


Elevation gain:166m

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The Leeds 10k is one of the best entry running events in the city; it takes place every summer!

Run the latest version of the route to get those miles in before the big day. The Leeds 10km has been plotted to make the most of the flat and fast roads in and around the city centre. A treat for any runner in hilly Leeds!

Wanting to find your way to the start of the route? Here is a link for a Google Maps Directions page.

This route has a distance of 10km and an elevation gain of 166m.

The largest non-stop incline begins in the last kilometre of of the route, and has a distance of 120m and an elevation gain of 15m. You can see this on the above elevation chart in red.

The largest continual decline is 120m long with an elevation drop of 12m which starts in the second third of the route. This is shown on the chart as green.

Route Highlights

The Leeds 10km run route is one of the biggest and best loved in the city. Every year thousands of people complete the run to raise money for charity. The event started as a lasting legacy in memory of the tireless fundraising Jane Tomlinson did before her death in 2007. Every runner in Leeds needs to experience the Leeds 10km event at least once!

Best Time To Run

The Leeds 10km run route can be run at any time of the year. Given the choice we recommend running it on race day in June. The atmosphere is exhilarating as the residents of Leeds come out to cheer you on!

Route Description

Starting outside the iconic Parkinson Steps building this run weaves around the campus alongside Woodhouse Moor. Before moving through Headingley.

Swinging right off Otley Road onto Grove Lane you’ll find yourself coming back towards the city centre via Meanwood Road.

The sight seeing resumes in this second half of the run; the First Direct Arena comes into view before you finish amid the grandeur of Leeds Art Gallery on the Headrow.

To find out more about the official Leeds 10k event head over to the Runforall website.


Leeds on average clocks 4.5 billion vehicle miles a year. And you’re running on some of the busiest routes in and out of Leeds – Otley & Meanwood Road – so get yourself prepared for some stop-starts on this run.


The Leeds 10k run route moves through the leafy suburb of Headingley and into the Arena and Civic quarter of the city centre. Finishing on the famous Headrow outside the Leeds Art Gallery.

If you like running in this area, why not take a look at some other routes in similar areas. This route went through: Headingley and Hyde Park.

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The Leeds 10k route has lots of amenities on the route because your starting and finishing in the city centre. Take your pick from lots of accessible food and drink outlets, and toilets, in the Arena and Civic quarters.


The start of this route is close to free residential parking. Park behind Leeds University on Clarendon Road, postcode: LS2 9LG (Google Map Directions).

You will need to walk the final 5-minutes to the start point of the run outside the Parkinson Steps.

Food and Drink

If you park near the start of the route you’ll be close to the Parkinson Steps and the plentiful options of food and drink places around university.

A firm favourite is Bakery 164 which two has lots of things runners crave straight after a run – good coffee and homemade hearty sandwiches! Enjoy everything from Middle Eastern to Italian sandwich fillings.

Other Running Routes Nearby

Looking for other routes near The Leeds 10km 2020? Here are three just around the corner.