VIDEO: Michael Vaughan launches route of new Sheffield half marathon

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Cricket legend Michael Vaughan has today launched the new route for Sheffield’s half marathon - which will take in a more scenic side of the city.

The run next April 12 will start on Arundel Gate, with runners going up Ecclesall Road before taking a right turn to Ringinglow and to the Norfolk Arms pub.

19 Nov 2014..........Former England Cricket Captain Michael Vaughan officially launches the new Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon Sheffield. Picture Scott Merrylees. SM1005/92b

19 Nov 2014..........Former England Cricket Captain Michael Vaughan officially launches the new Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon Sheffield. Picture Scott Merrylees. SM1005/92b

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.

For elite runners there will also be a triple challenge, with a ‘King of the Hill’ climb, 10K spring section and the overall winner.

Jane Tomlinson charity Run for All is organising the 2015 half marathon after the former organisers stood down following the water shortage chaos at this year’s event.

Television presenter Michael Vaughan, who grew up in Sheffield, said the route was ‘very Sheffield and very hilly’ at a launch event today.

He joked: “If you’re struggling you can always roll down Banner Cross!

“I think the route is very special because I remember the Olympic torch and everyone came out to see and support it, its a similar kind of route.

“There’s plenty of opportunity for people if you’re not running, and your kids aren’t taking part, to get on the streets and support everyone who is taking part.

“I think you’ll see plenty of Sheffield if you can get to the top of Ringinglow Road because you can see all across the city and I think that is what Sheffield is all about.

“I think the last route was very flat and everybody in Sheffield would be disappointed if they didn’t get to run up at least two or three hills.”

Entries have also opened for the half marathon, which will raise money for ten charities, today.

To enter go to www.theyorkshiremarathon.com. It costs £26.70 for general entry.

See tomorrow’s Star for more on this story.