Call for Sheffield half marathon runners

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Almost 4,700 people will be taking to the city’s streets next month for the Sheffield Half Marathon.

More than 5,000 runners finished the race last year, and organisers are calling for even more competitors to sign up over the next few weeks.

Margaret Lilley, chair of the Sheffield Half Marathon organising committee, said: “We are extremely excited to see the race on the horizon, which is going to be particularly emotional this year because it will start and finish at Don Valley Stadium for the last time.

“We set ourselves a big target of 10,000 runners this year. We really need to make this a special year, not only for the charities but also to send Don Valley out with a bang.”

Athletes will be braving the hills of Sheffield to raise money for charities including St Luke’s Hospice, the Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre South Yorkshire, Sheffield Wildlife Trust and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Training has been especially difficult this year because of freezing conditions.

Olivia Adams, aged 20, a University of Sheffield student who’s already signed up, said: “All the snow’s been really demotivating, it’s hard to get yourself to go out! But I thought it would be nice to run through the city before I finish uni and leave Sheffield.”

The Half Marathon is on Sunday, May 12, from 9am. Enter by April 29 online at www.sheffieldmarathon.com/enter/how