Universities in head-to-head fundraising challenge

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STUDENTS, staff and alumni from Sheffield’s two universities are training for a sporting challenge that will support the city’s St Luke’s Hospice.

The Sheffield Varsity 10k on Sunday, March 25, will be the first time The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University have gone head to head over 10,000m.

The event, which will begin and end at the Don Valley Stadium, Attercliffe, is being organised by friends Alison Muir and Alice Fairhall, themselves former city students.

Alison works at The University of Sheffield, where she was a student and Alice now runs her own company.

At least £3 from each entry plus 100 per cent of all profits from the race will go directly to St Luke’s Hospice in Whirlow.

Alison said: “We both enjoyed competing for our universities in various sports, but never more than when we got to compete against each other at the annual varsity tournament. We decided we wanted to relive it and have the chance to rekindle the friendly rivalry, but this time with no team selection.

“So, after running it by a few enthusiastic friends, we find ourselves the proud race directors of Sheffield Varsity 10k!”

Runners will complete a three-lap route, including a couple of short sharp inclines.

All entrants will receive a T-shirt to wear at the race – and members of the public, not just alumni, are welcome to sign up for the event too.

n For details, visit www.fairplaysport.co.uk/varsity-10k-race