Sheffield Half Marathon 2012: Full results and Star runner Polly Rippon’s own story - PLUS SLIDESHOW

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SHEFFIELD Half Marathon 2012 attracted thousands of runners and here we have the complete list of 5,737 finishing times - plus a slideshow of photos taken for The Star.

Results: To see the full results list - CLICK HERE.

Sheffield Half Marathon: The race gets under way

Sheffield Half Marathon: The race gets under way

KEEN runner and The Star’s court reporter Polly Rippon was one of the thousands of entrants who hit the streets in the Sheffield Half Marathon.

She says the support along the way - from spectators and race officials - turned it into an event to remember

Thousands of runners turned out to take part in the Sheffield Half Marathon, writes Polly Rippon.

Over the years the event has grown bigger and bigger and this year was a real triumph.

The first time I ran it, most of the field was made up of serious club runners, the route went out to Catcliffe and there was little support along the way.

It was hard work, sometimes soul destroying and at certain points I did wonder why I was doing it.

Yesterday’s event was a totally different - almost pleasurable experience.

The number of charity and novice runners has massively increased over the years, and as a result so has support along the route.

Families and friends got up early to watch their loved ones toil away in the hot sunshine, many holding homemade posters, others cheering, shouting and clapping.

When your legs are aching, you’re feeling tired, hot and sore and wondering how you are ever going to make it to the finish, a shout or a cheer makes the most unbelievable difference.

In times past, the only real support has been along Ecclesall Road and the return to Attercliffe a long and lonely experience. Ecclesall Road was packed yesterday with hundreds of supporters and a band playing to distract runners from their pain.

But the support didn’t end there, it continued through the city centre and back out to Don Valley - making a huge difference to all completing the 13.1 mile route.

Conditions were tough yesterday due to the hot sunshine and it was sobering to see so many runners collapsing and needing medical assistance, but the emergency services did a great job - although the water stations were chaos as they are every year and this really needs sorting, especially on a hot day like yesterday.

Reaching Don Valley ,runners thinking they are almost home but are cruelly directed out of the stadium after completing a lap of the track and back in again, but it was worth it for the response as you entered the stadium and found a final bit of energy from somewhere to make it down the home straight to the finish.

It’s a great experience and anyone wondering whether to sign up next year, should do.

You will get an amazing sense of satisfaction and achievement, see some inspiring sights along the way - Army lads in uniform carrying huge heavy rucksacks, runners bearing the names of loved ones who have died, John Burkhill the Man with the Pram and green wig who has raised thousands for charity over the years along with all kinds of wacky characters in fancy dress.

Not to mention the army of volunteers who cut your timing chip off your weary foot when it’s all over, dish out water, T-shirts and goodie bags, cheer weary runners on and offer words of encouragement and congratulations - all out of the kindness of their hearts.

It just gets better each year.