Organisers are using a weekend 10K event to promote “safety first” running for Sheffield women at night.
The ‘TenTenTen’ 10k takes off in Endcliffe Park on Sunday (10am; Fun Run 9.15am) and will attract more than 1,000 runners.
Organisers claim it is a unique event because the majority of entrants come from the west of Sheffield; a big proportion of those within a mile or two of the Park.
Mark Taylor, an organiser, said: “In an effort to promote grass roots running, we are involved with Run England in trying to improve beginners in the area.
“The Park Run already does a great job but more can be done. Through the TenTenTen we hope to raise awareness of these groups that are on offer and really feel these are of particular importance through the winter when many females don’t like to run alone at night and others benefit from the motivation and social aspect of running in a group.
“A huge number of adults would like to get into running so low-key social groups are a great way to become involved without the worry many have of not being good enough.”
Taylor added: “2014 will be the fifth year of the TenTenTen, it has grown from a small race to having over 1,000 competitors.
“There is a high probability this will be a sell out. That is a testament to it’s popularity. The vast majority of runners are local, with a huge percentage actually living within walking distance of the start line.”
A children’s 2.5k Fun Run before the main race. “There have been children as young as four dragging their mums out on training runs before school” said Taylor.
“We’ve set up several beginner running sessions around Millhouses, Sharrow Vale and Fulwood.”
The 10k race, organised by Kandoo Events and supported by the Front Runner shop, is a 50:50 trail/road route and shows off some of the best parkland in the city.