Runners with a place at next year’s London Marathon are being urged to use Sheffield’s half marathon as a training event.
The 2014 Sheffield Half Marathon takes place on Sunday, April 6, just a week before the London Marathon.
Margaret Lilley, Sheffield Half Marathon chairman, said: “To take part in any marathon, runners need to be prepared both physically and mentally and the Sheffield Half Marathon, with its varied route and conditions, is a perfect training race in the run-up to the London Marathon.
“Also, those runners who missed out on a place in the capital can still secure a run in the spring by entering the Sheffield Half Marathon as a great alternative.”
The 13.1 mile Sheffield race is one of the biggest road races in the city’s sporting calendar and attracts runners of all ages and abilities from across the country.
With the closure and impending demolition of the city’s Don Valley Stadium, the race will start and finish at the neighbouring Don Valley Bowl.
Shaun Lough, events manager at iceSheffield, who is taking part in the London Marathon, said: “I can’t wait to take part as it will be one of my biggest achievements.
“As I am taking part in the Sheffield race just a week before, I think it will allow me to get in the right mindset and get me geared up for the 26-mile race in London.”
Sheffield race entrants are also urged to support one of the 10 nominated charities: Myasthenia Gravis Association; St Luke’s Hospice; Breast Cancer Care; Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre South Yorkshire; Support Dogs; the Children’s Hospital Charity; SAFE@LAST; Sheffield Academy of Young Leaders; Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice; and the Sheffield Wildlife Trust.
n Entry for the race is £26. For details, visit www.sheffieldmarathon.com