More than 7,000 runners set for Sheffield Half Marathon

Runners slog up The Moor for the final stretch of last year's half marathon
Runners slog up The Moor for the final stretch of last year's half marathon
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Thousands of runners are putting in their final few practice miles ahead of this weekend’s Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon Sheffield.

More than 7,000 people are expected to take part in this year’s run, which will begin at 9.30am on Sunday.

Last year’s inaugural event, organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All, was a great success, raising £175,000 for its partner charities alone. And on top of that, tens of thousands of pounds were raised by runners for other good causes of their choice, taking the overall total to an estimated £350,000.

This year’s route takes in many of Sheffield’s sights and, of course, some of its infamous hills. It starts in Arundel Gate, heading out into the hills above Sheffield with superb views of the Peak District before returning to the city centre and the big finish outside the Town Hall in Pinstone Street.

Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon Event Director Charlie Tatman said: “We were delighted with the success of last year’s first Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon Sheffield. The thousands of spectators who cheered the runners on created a great atmosphere and we look forward to welcoming everyone on April 10.”

The event also includes a triple challenge, giving entrants a chance to be crowned King or Queen of the Hill in a timed hill climb, triumph in a largely downhill 10K sprint section and cross the finish line first.

And young people will also be able to experience the excitement of a mass participation run by taking part in the free-to-enter Arena Group mini and junior runs.

n Entries for this year’s event are still open. For more details go to www.theyorkshiremarathon.com.