Thousands of runners take to streets for Sheffield Half Marathon

The Sheffield Half Marathon gets under way at Don Valley Stadium.

The Sheffield Half Marathon gets under way at Don Valley Stadium.

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More than 6,000 runners took to the streets of Sheffield today for the city’s annual Half Marathon.

The 13-mile race set off at 9am from Don Valley Stadium in Attercliffe - the last time the event will begin at the venue, which is set to close later this year.

The half marathon was the 32nd to be held, and runners are expected to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for good causes.

A shorter 3km family fun run also took place, attracting youngsters and participants in a variety of outlandish fancy dress costumes.

The half marathon was won by Ben Fish, from Blackburn Harriers and Athletic Club, with a time of one hour, six minutes and 51 seconds, with Philip Hoole, from Rotherham Harriers, the top South Yorkshire runner, completing the race in just over one hour, nine minutes.

Julie Briscoe from Wakefield Harriers was the women’s winner, and Hallamshire Harriers’ Nicola Squires - last year’s female winner - came third.

The route ran from Don Valley to the Hunter’s Bar roundabout and back again.

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