opinion: At last a half to be proud of

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As the Tour de France showed last summer, there’s nothing quite like a big sporting event to get the people of Sheffield out on the streets.

And Sunday’s new look Yorkshire Half Marathon did just that.

After last year’s debacle - there was plenty of water this time - Run for All, the new organisers of the city’s half marathon pulled off a cracker.

Every one of the 7,500 runners and each of the thousands of supporters played their part in making the event a huge success and bringing the city alive.

A city the size of Sheffield located so close to such stunning scenery should be able to stage a half marathon to be proud of.

Many of those taking part were doing so to overcome a personal battle with illness or raising funds for causes close to their hearts.

There were some lovely stories to come out at the weekend - like the brother who finished the race and ran back to help his sibling across the line.

Mass participation running events bring out a real community spirit and are great for the city. Perhaps next year the organisers will throw in a full-length marathon to attract those from further afield to our great city and boost the local economy.