Young footballers are set to complete their own hat-trick after signing up for their third Sheffield Half Marathon fun run.
Fifty members of Crosspool Juniors Football Club are in training ahead of the race on Sunday, April 6, at Don Valley Bowl in Attercliffe.
John Garner, club coach, said: “I’ve entered the club into the fun run for the last two years as it’s an event we can all work hard for and it brings the team together.
“Running is fantastic training and it is something we can all aim and work hard for.”
Players taking part include 12-year-olds Jack Cole and Lewis Dutton and Matthew Garner, aged 11.
The 3k event caters for less-experienced runners who want to be involved in the race or raise charity cash. The 13.1-mile half marathon is one of the biggest road races in the Sheffield calendar and attracts runners from nationwide.
Margaret Lilley, race committee chairman, said: “We’re excited Crosspool Juniors have entered again. It shows the race is one people keep coming back for year after year. It’s great to see so many of their young players signed up and we hope, when they’re old enough, they will take part in the half marathon itself.”
* Entry fees for both races have been frozen at £26 for the half marathon and £5 for the fun run. For details and to secure a place to run on behalf of the chosen charities, call 0845 388 3438.
* Sheffield Half Marathon bosses are appealing for runners to support one of their chosen charities.
Although entries are flooding in for the race, the organising committee has seen a decline in people running in support of the race’s charities –Myasthenia Gravis Association, St Luke’s Hospice, Breast Cancer Care, Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre South Yorkshire, Support Dogs, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, SAFE@LAST, Sheffield Academy of Young Leaders, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and the Sheffield Wildlife Trust.
Margaret Lilley, committee chairman, said: “We are appealing to people across the region to get their running shoes on and take part to help raise vital funds for some worthy local causes.”
* Supporters who attend Don Valley Bowl to cheer on Sheffield Half Marathon runners can skate for just £1 as part of a race-day festival.
The offer will allow members of the public to enjoy ice skating at the nearby iceSheffield while they wait for family and friends to finish.
The race-day offer, which includes skate hire, is available between 9am and noon.
Mandy Parker, iceSheffield general manager, said: “After the Winter Olympics, we hope people are inspired to give ice skating a go while they wait for their family and friends to finish.”