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RUNNERS heading to the Don Valley Stadium for the start of the Sheffield Half Marathon have some extra help with early morning Supertram services

Additional trams will be running on the network two hours earlier than normal.

Services, which usually start from 8am on Sundays, will instead begin operating at 6.12 am on Sunday, May 27.

The early services on both the blue and yellow routes will help competitors get to the starting line at Don Valley Stadium before the start of the race at 9am.

And runners can also use the tram network to travel around the city after the race with a Dayrider ticket available for £3.90.

Margaret Kay, Supertram managing director, said: “We’re delighted to be able to play our part in this event by providing extra services to help people get to the starting line.

“We hope these additional services will encourage competitors to use greener, smarter public transport to get to the race, instead of taking their cars. We would also like to say good luck to all those taking part.”

More runners than ever before have been able to sign up for the half marathon, after organisers announced earlier this year that the entry limit has been lifted by making slight alterations to parts of the route.

It will now see runners go around St Mary’s Gate roundabout, on Sheffield ring road, having previously been directed through its underpass. Then, on the way back, runners will also avoid the underpass on the Moore Street roundabout and the car park on Arundel Gate.