Nearly 600 runners signed up for the this year’s Sheffield Half Marathon – in just a two-week period.
Runners raced to sign up over the festive period.
The 13.1-mile run, which attracts people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, takes place on Sunday, April 6.
More than 1,500 runners have already entered the event, which will start and finish at Don Valley Bowl for the first time following the closure and ongoing demolition of the adjacent Don Valley Stadium.
Margaret Lilley, chairman of the half marathon’s organising committee, said: “It’s fantastic people are already showing their support for the city’s oldest road race and runners are supporting the move to the Don Valley Bowl.
“We are urging people to sign up as soon as possible and start their training early.
“People can enter individually, in teams, or enter the corporate challenge with work colleagues.
“Although there are still dark winter nights, we are urging people to sign up to secure their place and do their training at a steady rate.”
Runners who entered the race before January 6 were entered into a prize draw for a three-month Fitness Unlimited gym membership.
The winner was Louise Ritchie, from Sheffield, who will now be able to use the membership in preparation for race day.
n For details about the race and to secure a place to run on behalf of the chosen charities, call 0845 388 3438, or visit www.sheffieldmarathon.com to enter online.
The chosen charities include Breast Cancer Care, Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity and Safe@Last.