WHO needs the London Marathon when you can run the showery streets of Sheffield?
Thirty-six-thousand pairs of feet may have pounded the pavements of the capital yesterday - but in Sheffield an equally enthusiastic bunch 100 times smaller was taking part in Lord Mayor’s 10k.
And every one was in a mood befitting this Olympic year.
The course saw runners entering and leaving Don Valley Stadium several times, making the race ideal for cheering spectators who could encourage friends and family from the comfort of the covered grandstand.
The race was preceded by a three kilometre fun run, and followed by an athletics event including track and field competitions for both seniors and juniors as well as able-bodied and disabled athletes.
Race director Ian Wade, of running club and co-organisers the Handsworth Roadhogs, said the day was a great success - especially for Scarborough athlete James Kraft who took first place in the men’s race.
“There were 390 runners taking part - not quite as big as London I know!” he laughed. “But everyone still wanted to get over that line.
“And 90 people took part in the fun run which is twice as many as took part last year.
“Weather-wise it was mixed but we managed to keep mainly dry and there was a great atmosphere.
“All in all we’re extremely pleased by how things went.”
Proceeds from the day are donated to the Lord Mayor’s charities - the Royal Society for the Blind and the British Heart Foundation.
The event was also organised by The Hallamshire Harriers and the City of Sheffield Athletic Club.