A new half marathon event to be held in Sheffield has been announced today.
Sheffield Council has announced the new road race, held by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All in partnership with internet firm Plusnet.
The news comes after the organisers of this year’s annual half marathon stepped down after a fiasco with the water supply saw the race cancelled at the last minute - though many ran anyway, unofficially.
Thousands turned up for the event in April but were sent home when it was discovered that there was no water along the route for runners.
It was declared a health and safety issue but some runners who were unaware of the cancellation ran the race.
The half marathon has been held in Sheffield since 2003 and had become a well respected road race before this year’s fiasco.
The new event will be held on April 12, 2015.
Run For All is part of the legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson CBE, who raised £1.85m for charity through a series of endurance challenges, despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
The not-for-profit organisation already stages a series of road racing events including The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon, the Leeds Half Marathon and 10K events in Leeds, York, Hull and Burnley. Next year it will also organise the Lincoln 10K.
Run For All’s Mike Tomlinson said: “We are thrilled to be given the opportunity to work in partnership with Sheffield City Council on such a fantastic event.
“Sheffield is rightly known as the City of Sport. It has a fantastic sporting heritage and we are delighted to be given the opportunity to organise the first Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon.
“We are confident that, with the council’s support, we can develop a half marathon of which the whole of Yorkshire can be proud.
“It’s great also that we can confirm today that Plusnet will be the headline sponsor for the event. This award winning company is already the major sponsor of our marathon event and it’s great to see them now supporting good causes through the Half Marathon.”
Councillor Isobel Bowler, Cabinet Member for Sport said: “I’m really pleased that there will be a half marathon in the city next year and we are delighted to welcome the new organisers and this new event to the city.
“It’s time for next year’s half marathon runners to start planning their training - Sheffield is an ideal city for runners with its green routes and proximity to the Peak District with wonderful routes that are just ideal for first-time runners to discover
“Having a local race to train for is very motivating and I hope today’s launch will encourage people to get running.”
Plusnet CEO Andy Baker said: “It was an easy decision to get involved in this event which will take place in our home city.
“We have been proud to work with Run For All for a number of years now and know they will deliver a great event in Sheffield.”