New organsisers but same city-centre action half marathon

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The Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon in Sheffield is on Sunday with a massive field set to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

Following last year’s fiasco when the race was cancelled due to lack of water at the drinks stations, the race is now under new management under the umbrella of the “Run For All” series, a legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson.

The race has an exciting new course although it retains the citycentre start, at Arundel Gate, and finish, next to the Town Hall in Pinstone Street.

The route takes in Eccleshall Road, Knowle Lane, Ringinglow Road, Sheephill Road, Limb Lane and Eccleshill Road South.

An innovative feature is the “King of the Hill” award for the section on Ringinglow Road between four and five miles which should be a good vantage point for spectators.

There is also a 10K sprint award.

The race starts at 9.30am and will be followed by fun-runs for three to eight-year-olds (1.5k) and nine to 14-year-olds (2.5k).

The National Road Relays Championships take place at Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, tomorrow.

Even though they are without their number-one runner, Andy Heyes, Hallamsire they still field a strong team in the men’s 12 stage race and will hope to build on their performance in the recent Northern Relay where they finished seventh.

Their team, in running order, is: Andy Challenger, Tom Bains, Rob Little, Connor Milne, Ben Beattie, Zak Mellard, Adam Dyson, Dave Sprot, Phil Cooper, Scott Wilson, Pete Hodges and Paul Faulkner.

In the women’s six-stage event, Rotherham will be looking to at least match last year’s effort when they finished sixth.

They were third in the Northern race with Sam Johnson, Alina Stepanchuk, Natasha Hatswell, Annabelle Grady, Steph Burns and Robyn Lanceley.

Meanwhile, Sergey Bubka, Sebastian Coe’s rival for IAAF president, launched his election manifesto with a promise to take a hardline approach to doping.

The Ukrainian pole vault great is battling with fellow IAAF vice-president Coe for the top job at athletics’ world governing body.

The sport has been rocked by allegations that doping and cover-ups are rife in Russian athletics.

The 51-year-old said: “We need to show clear zero tolerance for doping. There is acceptance for cheaters.”