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The city’s biggest participation event, the SIG Insulation Sheffield Half Marathon, will remain in the Don Valley in 2014.

The race will start and finish in the Don Valley Bowl, which is next door to Don Valley Stadium, the event’s home for the past 21 years.

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The move to the open air grass bowl starts a new chapter in the history of Sheffield Half Marathon now in its 32nd year. Next year’s race takes place on Sunday April 6, starting at 9am.

Race organisers are delighted to confirm that for the seventh year running Sheffield company and global player SIG Insulation, who specialise in distribution of insulation and dry lining to the construction industry, will be the headline sponsor for the event.  

Margaret Lilley, chair of the Half Marathon organising committee, said: “We are incredibly excited about the 2014 event, which promises to be another spectacular day. As the Don Valley is synonymous with the event we wanted to stay in the area and the fact that we have found a new home so close to our old base is definite plus. We will retain the friendly “being at home feeling” all the runners have come to love.

“We had many happy years at Don Valley Stadium, but the grass bowl will generate an incredible atmosphere amongst both runners and spectators, as it creates a natural amphitheatre.

The bowl has hosted some of the biggest music, sports and special occasions the city has seen including The Arctic Monkeys and the fireworks display After Dark.

Councillor Isobel Bowler, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “I’m really pleased this event has found a new home and that it will remain in the Don Valley area. This is a great example of organisations working together to develop solutions following the closure of Don Valley Stadium. I wish the organisers, and the event, the very best for 2014.”

As in previous years Sheffield International Venues has kindly agreed to help facilitate the event, including the use of nearby iceSheffield and the English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EISS) premises on the day.

Race organisers have made available 8,000 places for the re-launch of the SIG Insulation Sheffield Half Marathon, and urge runners to enter early and book their place for next year. As well as the half marathon there are 1,000 places available in the SIG Insulation Sheffield Fun Run which takes place on the same day (April 6) and is open to everyone.

Entry fees for both races have been frozen at £26 for the half marathon (club/attached runners £24) and £5 for the fun run.

For more information and to secure a place to run on behalf of the chosen charities, call 0845 388 3438, or visit to enter online.

Why not run for one of these great charities?

Support Dogs

If you run to raise money for Support Dogs every stride you take goes towards changing a life. You’re lucky enough to be able to run - the people we help can’t. Their disability prevents it and they lead lives we can’t imagine. But Support Dogs can massively improve their lives by training the companions that give them greater freedom, confidence and independence. They need us and we need you to lace up your trainers, and run for a Sheffield-based charity that is changing lives daily. That’s got to be worth the odd blister or two. Tel: 0114 2617800.

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Bluebell Wood

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice service provides respite, emergency and end of life care to children with life limiting and life threatening conditions, and support for their families resident in South Yorkshire, North East Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire and parts of North Lincolnshire. Tel 01909 517365

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St. Luke’s Sheffield Hospice

St Luke’s cares for adults of all ages throughout Sheffield who have incurable illnesses. Our aim is always to control their symptoms, alleviate pain, and give them the best possible quality of life – all free of charge. We depend on the commitment and generosity of our supporters to help us raise enough money to keep on providing top quality care for our patients and their families. This year alone we need to raise more than £4.5 million towards our running costs; and to continue to improve the quality of our services and patient care we need to raise more. Every year we help and support more than 1400 patients, and their families and carers throughout the city.

Join our Sheffield Half Marathon running team and we will support you every step of the way.

For more information call 0114 2357556.

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Sheffield Wildlife Trust

Please help us to ensure we can adapt to the impacts of climate change through the creation of a ‘Living Landscape’ by working to protect and enhance the environment for the benefit and enjoyment of people and wildlife

Sheffield Wildlife Trust works alongside local people to increase their understanding of the natural world and create opportunities for people to enjoy the outdoors and improve their health and daily lives. We also help protect and enhance the environment for the benefit of people and wildlife, to achieve a sustainable future for the planet. We need your help us ensure a secure future for Sheffield’s wildlife.

Website: Te; 0114 263 4335

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Breast Cancer Care

There are over 10,000 people living in South Yorkshire who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. This coming year, another 1,400 people in South Yorkshire will hear the devastating news that they too have the disease. Breast Cancer Care is here for anyone affected by breast cancer. We bring people together; provide information and support and campaign for improved standards of care. Please join our Sheffield Half Marathon team and help us continue our vital work across the region. Tel: 0114 2636481



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run away from, or have been thrown out of, the place where they usually

live - or are at risk of doing so. As an organisation SAFE@LAST is unique and innovative as it provides a full range of services for young people at risk through running away from prevention to crisis intervention. SAFE@LAST currently operates a 24-hour helpline, ongoing one to one support, an education and prevention programme, detached street work, and the only childrenʼs refuge in England.

Tel: 01909 566 977

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Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre

The MS Therapy Centre (South Yorkshire) Ltd is an autonomous self-funding charity focused on providing for people affected mainly with MS and other neurological conditions a range of drug-free, symptom management and complementary therapies including physiotherapy, osteopathy and high dosage oxygen therapy. We also have an active drop-in area where you can obtain information, sit, chat, drink tea, eat cake and have a laugh. Tel 01709 367 784

Myasthenia Gravis Association

Myasthenia Gravis is an auto immune disease characterised by fluctuating muscle weakness. MG can cause disability, has no known cure and can prove fatal. Simple things like eating food, lifting arms, speaking to friends or laughing can become difficult or even impossible. South Yorkshire Branch supports 660 sufferers, familes and carers in the region. Tel 01457 766 410

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The Children’s Hospital Charity

The Children’s Hospital Charity exists to enhance the work of the Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and its reputation as a centre of excellence for research, prevention, care and cure of childhood illness by funding four key areas:

- Specialist medical equipment

- Research into the prevention and cure of childhood illness

- New facilities to extend the range of treatment provided

- Improvements to the hospital environment that will benefit patients, families and visitors

Our young patients are at the centre of everything we do and all our work is focussed on providing them with the best facilities, equipment and experience possible, helping to provide a world-class facility that is positioned at the very forefront of paediatric care.

By running for The Children’s Hospital Charity you will be part of a very special team that will help build a brighter future for young patients and families across our region. Join us today by calling 0114 271 7203 or visiting

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Sheffield Academy of Young Leaders

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Tel: 0114 223 5677

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