All ready for new half marathon

Jane Tomlinson's Run for All will be the new organisers of Sheffield's Half Marathon with Plusnet being the sponsor. From left, Plusnet's Laura Mottram, Cllr Isobel Bowler and Mike Tomlinson
Jane Tomlinson's Run for All will be the new organisers of Sheffield's Half Marathon with Plusnet being the sponsor. From left, Plusnet's Laura Mottram, Cllr Isobel Bowler and Mike Tomlinson
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A new half marathon event to be held in Sheffield next year is aiming to become a ‘premier’ Yorkshire road race.

Sheffield Council announced the new event will be staged by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All, sponsored by internet firm Plusnet.

The new Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon will take on a different route too, starting and finishing in the city centre.

Sheffield Council looked for a new organiser for the annual half marathon after the committee for this year’s event stepped down following a fiasco with the water supply which led to the race being cancelled at the last minute.

The new event will be held on April 12, 2015, with organisers promising a well planned, exciting race.

Coun Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: “I’m really pleased there will be a half marathon in the city next year and we are delighted to welcome the new organisers to the city.

“This is a fresh start for Sheffield’s half marathon.

“We need to move on from what happened earlier this year but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been acknowledged.

“Run For All have generously offered a discount rate for the 2015 event to those runners who were registered to take part in this year’s half marathon.

“It’s exciting to have the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon in Sheffield and we would like it to become a premier Yorkshire road race.

“At this stage it’s key to make sure everything is well managed and organised so everything goes smoothly.

“Run For All put forward an outstanding proposal and were picked due to their experience in organising large road races in Yorkshire and for what they can bring to Sheffield.”

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 having incurable cancer.

The not-for-profit organisation already stages popular road racing events including The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon, the Leeds Half Marathon, and 10K events in Leeds, York, Hull and Burnley.

Run For All’s Mike Tomlinson, Jane’s widower, said: “We are thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with Sheffield Council on such a fantastic event.

“We hold races in every other part of Yorkshire so staging an event in Sheffield is the missing piece of the jigsaw.

“We are a Yorkshire family and organisation. They say charity starts at home so it is our aim to raise as much money as possible for local charities to continue Jane’s good work.

“Sheffield was very close to Jane’s heart as she studied at Sheffield Hallam University, and completed her post graduate degree despite being diagnosed with terminal cancer partway through.

“I wish she was here to witness this – she would be absolutely thrilled.”

Runners can take part for fun, for a personal challenge or to raise funds for a charity of their choice.

Each year Run for All events raise huge sums and it is hoped the Sheffield race will also prove to be a major fundraising boost for good causes across the region.

For more information about the half marathon, visit www.runforall.com