Sheffield half marathon to stay in Don Valley despite stadium closure

The Sheffield Half Marathon gets underway at Don Valley Stadium.
The Sheffield Half Marathon gets underway at Don Valley Stadium.
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Sheffield’s half marathon will stay in the Don Valley area next year despite the stadium where it usually begins facing closure.

Runners in the city’s biggest public participation event have set off from, and crossed the finish line at, Don Valley Stadium for 21 years.

Organisers have confirmed that in April 2014 they will move to a new home next door, the Don Valley Bowl.

Margaret Lilley, chair of the half marathon organising committee, said: “We are incredibly excited about the 2014 event, which promises to be another spectacular day.

“As the Don Valley is synonymous with the event we wanted to stay in the area, and the fact we have found a new home so close to our old base is a definite plus.

“We will retain the friendly ‘being at home’ feeling all the runners love.

“We had many happy years at Don Valley Stadium, but the grass bowl will generate an incredible atmosphere among both runners and spectators as it creates a natural amphitheatre.

“The bowl has hosted some of the biggest music, sports and special occasions the city has seen.”

Don Valley Stadium is expected to close at the end of the month.

Council bosses want to avoid paying an annual £700,000 subsidy for the loss-making facility - although campaigners have been fighting to save it.

The council is facing cuts of over £100 million over the next five years.

Coun Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure at Sheffield Council, said: “I’m really pleased that this event has found a new home and that it will remain in the Don Valley area.

“This is a great example of organisations working together to develop solutions following the closure of Don Valley Stadium.”

The next half marathon and fun run will take place on Sunday, April 6, 2014.

There are already 8,000 places available in the half marathon and 1,000 for the fun run. Entry fees are frozen at £26 and £5.

n Call 0845 388 3438 or visit www.sheffieldmarathon.com to enter.