ORGANISERS are gearing up for the biggest-ever Sheffield Half Marathon with 7,200 runners taking to the city’s streets on Sunday.
Entries have poured in from fundraisers, business people, celebrities and elite athletes from across the country.
More runners than ever before have been able to sign up for the race after the entry limit had been lifted by making slight alterations to parts of the route, which goes from Don Valley Stadium to Hunters Bar and back.
Margaret Lilley, chair of the Sheffield Half Marathon organising committee, said: “This year’s race has yet again proved to be incredibly popular and we are delighted to see entry numbers reach such a high level after we lifted the entry limit, bringing more people into the city.
“The record number of entries received for the race will be of major benefit to our 10 nominated charities by the higher amount of sponsorship raised, and hopefully we will witness another record breaking fundraising year.”
The route changes mean runners will now go around St Mary’s Gate roundabout after previously going through the underpass.
On the way back, runners will also avoid the underpass on the Moore Street roundabout and the car park on Arundel Gate.
And organisers hope to see entries increase to 10,000 in coming years, raising more money for local causes.
Elite runners battling it out for the title include Matthew Pierson, of Holmfirth Harriers, Lee Reynolds, of Windsor Slough Eton and Hounslow athletics club, and Sarah Bostwick, of Wakefield District Harriers.
Famous faces set to don their running shoes include snooker players Steve Davis and Peter Ebdon.
There are still places available for the run – with entry available until 8am on race day.
n 6.30am-1.30pm: Worksop Road / Darnall Road
n 7.45am-1pm: Attercliffe Road/Common, Hawke Street, Janson Street (using left hand lane only), Brightside Lane (city-bound lane closed),Princess Street, Fred Mulley Road, Sutherland Road, Leveson Street, Effingham Road (using right hand lane), Furnival Road, Exchange Street, (city-bound carriageway), Park Square roundabout (using outside two lanes), Commercial Street.
n 7.45am- -noon: Fitzalan Square, Flat Street, Pond Street, Paternoster Row, Brown Street, Sidney Street, Matilda Street, Eyre Street (outbound).
n 8.45am-noon: St Mary’s Road (Shoreham Street to Bramall Lane), St Mary’s Gate, Hanover Way.
n 8.30am-noon: Upper Hanover Street (Hanover Way to Glossop Road), Bramall Lane (Inner Ring Road to Alderson Road), Alderson Road, London Road (Woodhead Road to Inner Ring Road), Boston Street (up to Summerfield Street), Cemetery Road, Summerfield Street.
n 7.45am-noon: Ecclesall Road, Neil Road, Charter Row, Moore Street, Rockingham Street, Wellington, Fitzwilliam Street, Devonshire Street, Division Street.
n 7.45am-12.30pm: Barkers Pool, Pinstone Street, Surrey Street, Norfolk Street, Arundel Gate, High Street, Commercial Street.
n Bus passengers are warned some services will be diverted as roads are closed due to the Sheffield Half Marathon. Affected services are those running through the lower Don Valley and Ecclesall Road. And some bus routes in the city centre will be changed. Supertram is to run extra early morning tram services to assist runners talking part.
n For full details of the services affected and stopping arrangements visit www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/disruptions or call 01709 515151.
n A list of road closures is available at www.sheffieldmarathon.com/info/roads.