Sheffield half marathon entries hit 2,000 mark

Runners feel the heat as they head up towards Bramall Lane
Runners feel the heat as they head up towards Bramall Lane
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THOUSANDS of runners have signed up to take part in the Sheffield Half Marathon despite miserable training conditions.

Race officials have confirmed the 2013 race will go ahead, despite Sheffield Council confirming the closure and demolition of Don Valley Stadium is under consideration.

Margaret Lilley, chairwoman of SIG Insulations Sheffield Half Marathon organising committee, said: “It’s great to see more than 2,000 runners are already showing their support for the city’s oldest road race.

“We also want to reassure runners again that the race is definitely going ahead, despite the news about Don Valley Stadium.

“This could be the last chance runners get to experience the amazing atmosphere at the stadium on race day, so we really would urge people to sign up and be a part of it.

“If it is our last ever race at the stadium, we want to go out with a bang before we find a new venue for 2014.”

The council is considering closing Don Valley Stadium as part of budget savings.

It argues the stadium is a high cost venue which needs major repair and maintenance work.

The event takes place on May 12, starting at 9am.

There are 10,000 places available and a fun run takes place on the same day.

The Myasthenia Gravis Association, St Luke’s Hospice, Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre South Yorkshire, Sheffield Wildlife Trust, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Support Dogs, Breast Cancer Care, Children’s Hospital Charity, Safe at Last and Sheffield Academy of Young Leaders will all benefit.

To register for the event call 0845 3883438, or log on to Sheffield Marathon to find out more.