With a month to until Sheffield’s new-look half marathon, preparations are now well under way to make sure this year’s event is a sure-fire success.
Although organisers remain tight-lipped about the precise figures, several thousand runners are known to have put their names down to take part in the inaugural Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon - Sheffield on April 12, which follows a new route around the south west of the city.
And in what is likely to come as a relief to those who remember the 2014 race - which was called off when water supplies failed to arrive - plentiful supplies of bottled water are being provided this year by theAsda Foundation.
However, the organisers - Jane Tomlinson’s Run for All group - are still looking for more volunteers to carry out tasks such as marshalling and helping out on the route.
The event’s lead Lynne Preston said: “With just over a month to go, preparations for the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield are in full swing.
“With several thousand entries already, it’s clear that this is an event that Sheffield has really embraced.
“We’ve lots planned to make sure the day is special for all of those taking part; whether they are running for fun, for charity or for a personal best, we aim to make it an experience to remember for everyone.”
She added: “For anyone who is not running, but would still like to be part of the half marathon, we’re still looking for some volunteers to come along and help with jobs like giving out goody bags, marshalling and helping out on route.”
Leaving the city centre, runners will go along Ecclesall Road, the most popular location for spectators on the previous route, before continuing past Hunters Bar and taking a right turn up Knowle Lane and into the country on Ringinglow Road.
Then it’s a left turn at the Norfolk Arms long Sheephill Road with its spectacular views across the city before turning left into Hathersage Road and to Limb Lane on the outskirts of Dore.
Runners return on Ecclesall Road for a finish at the Town Hall.
The race is planned to match the 5,500-strong field catered for by the old half marathon. Visit www.theyorkshiremarathon.com to enter or volunteer.