Opinion: City race is back on the up

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For a city famous for its seven hills next year’s Sheffield Half Marathon course is right on the money.

The route was unveiled yesterday in the Peace Gardens and it is certain to be a tester – particularly on the outbound part of the run.

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The race will start on Arundel Gate, with runners going up Ecclesall Road before taking a right turn to Ringinglow and to the Norfolk Arms pub.

There it turns left to offer views of Sheffield and the Peak District, downhill to the outskirts of Dore, back to Ecclesall Road and then to a grand finish at the Town Hall.

It will provide a good test for runners of all abilities with some of the most picturesque parts of the city being on the route.

The new organisers will no doubt be mindful of hosting a perfect race after the problems which forced this year’s event to be cancelled.

We wish them well with their efforts because there’s no doubt the Sheffield half marathon is an important date in the city’s sporting diary.

Not only does it attract people to the city but it also raises thousands of pounds for charity.

Some runners will have already started their training while others will be planning theirs.

Our advice would be to get on them hills!