ORGANISERS of the Sheffield Half Marathon are hoping 10,000 runners will take part next year.
The event was officially launched at the city’s Don Valley Stadium in Attercliffe this week, with representatives of the 10 charities set to benefit from the event.
Myasthenia Gravis Association, St Luke’s Hospice, Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre South Yorkshire, Sheffield Wildlife Trust, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Support Dogs, Breast Cancer Care and the Children’s Hospital Charity, Safe at Last and the Sheffield Academy of Young Leaders will each get a share of the money raised by runners.
SIG Insulations, which has its head office in Sheffield, is the main race sponsor for the sixth consecutive year.
Paul Gordon, managing director of the Hillsborough-based materials supplier, said: “I’m delighted to confirm sponsorship for the sixth year running.
“SIG was founded in Sheffield nearly 60 years ago and we are determined to continue to support the local community with events like this.
“The half marathon is a key event in Sheffield’s calendar and we are proud to offer our support, especially as in 2013 we hope to see up to 10,000 runners take part.”
Margaret Lilley, chairman of the race organising committee, said: “The 2012 race was our biggest and most successful to date and, after lifting the entry limit only about 10 weeks before race day, we saw entries continue to flood in.
“It has been fantastic for us over the years to see how the race is continuing to increase in popularity and 2013 will mark a huge step towards the increase in numbers we hope to see in the coming years.
“The support SIG Insulations has provided with its ongoing sponsorship has also enabled us to concentrate on increasing the popularity of running in Sheffield.
“We are really excited about the 2013 race and would encourage people of all ages and abilities to sign up and help make it bigger and better than ever.”
The event will take place on Sunday, May 12.
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