It’s not too late to take part in the 2017 Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon in Sheffield!
Entries are still open for this Sunday’s 9.30am race - so don’t delay, sign up now.
A major event in the UK’s running calendar, the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield always attracts thousands of runners of all abilities and spectators to the city’s streets and raises many thousands of pounds for good causes.
With a city centre start and finish, the event boasts a super scenic route - with stunning views of the Peak District for those who conquer the climb to Ringinglow.
And the race even incorporates a ‘triple test’ giving entrants a chance to be crowned ‘King of the Hill’ or ‘Queen of the Hill’ in a timed hill climb, triumph in a 10K largely-downhill sprint section and cross the finish line first to lift the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield title.
Eight runners from Sheffield’s Golddigger Trust will be dazzling the masses – spectators and runners alike – on Sunday, as they dress in gold to run the Sheffield half-marathon for Golddigger Trust. Gold ribbons, leggings, hotpants, body paint and wigs will all be on display as they run to raise vital funds to help support vulnerable young people throughout the city.
One runner, Joel Toombs, said: “Running a half-marathon is hard, but not as hard as the things the young people are facing that Golddigger Trust are working with. I love the idea they have that there is gold inside everyone - it’s just about finding it and helping it out, so it’s the least I can do to gold-up and get out there running and raising money so that more young people are supported!”
Another runner, Ben Elliot, added: “Something happens in me when I’m running for a cause. Something far bigger than what I am, and knowing that we’ll be joining thousands of people carrying their banners of what running this race means to them is a fantastic feeling.
“Physically speaking, the Sheffield Half Marathon is a unique course and offers a special challenge to all who face it. That includes the professionals and those who are stepping up to run this course for the first time. When we join together we achieve far more than on our own, so lets hope the sun shines and wind is at rest!”
Youngsters also have the opportunity to be involved in the event’s Arena Group Mini and Junior runs. The mini course covers a distance of 1.5K and is for children aged between three and eight, while the 2.5K junior run is for youngsters aged nine to 14. Entries for the Sheffield Mini and Junior Run are now closed.
If you purchased an entry before March 7, you should have already received your race number. If you purchased an entry between March 7 and April 2, you should receive your race number today or tomorrow. If you purchase an entry this week, you will be required to collect it at the event’s Race office. Under UK Athletic rules and regulations, participants must be at least 17 years of age on race day. Health and safety experts advise that the course is suitable for racing wheelchairs, but not day wheelchair users. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries.