Thousands more can join city’s half marathon

Womens winner Nicola Clay crosses the line
Womens winner Nicola Clay crosses the line
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runners are being urged to get their entries in for the Sheffield Half Marathon – which is set to be bigger and better this year after organisers raised the entry limit.

Thousands more competitors will be able to take part and raise money for good causes after the number of entries was increased to 7,000 from 5,500.

The organising committee made the decision as in previous years the 13-mile event has been fully booked as long as three months ahead of race day.

The half marathon attracts committed athletes as well as enthusiastic amateurs and famous faces.

Taking part this year are snooker players Steve Davis, Peter Ebdon and Shaun Murphy, raising money for leukaemia charity The Paul Hunter Foundation.

More runners are able to compete after the committee made slight changes to parts of the route.

Competitors will now circle the St Mary’s Gate roundabout, instead of being directed through the underpass.

On their return journey, they will avoid the underpass on the Moore Street roundabout and the car park on Arundel Gate.

The changes were planned with help from Sheffield Council, while discussions were also held with businesses and organisations along the route.

Additional road closures and diversions will be put in place for the event, which happens on May 27 and starts at Don Valley Stadium at 9am.

Coun Helen Mirfin-Boukouris, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for business, jobs and growth, said: “I’m delighted that more people than ever will be able to join the race this year.

“Sport in Sheffield is for everyone in the city and I would call on as many people as possible to get their running shoes on and get involved.”

Margaret Lilley, chair of the organising committee, said raising the entry limit was ‘great news’ for Sheffield.

“Not only will it increase the number of participants coming into the city, but it will also be of major benefit to our nominated charities by the higher amount of sponsorship raised,” she said.

Charities set to benefit include British Heart Foundation, St Luke’s Hospice, Bluebell Wood and Breast Cancer Care.

Entries cost £25, while a three-kilometre fun run is also being held, costing £5 to enter.

To sign up for the event log on to www.sheffieldmarathon.com or call 0845 3883438.