Entries for the second staging of the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield are now open with the race scheduled to take place on Sunday 10 April. It seems likely that the half marathon, part of the Jane Tomlinson Run for All series, will build on the success of its opening event, which attracted an impressive turnout of over 6,000 runners.
Showcasing the very best of Sheffield, the scenic route takes the runners out of the city centre and along Ecclesall Road before turning right and climbing up Knowle Lane and Ringinglow Road to reach a section of the course offering superb views of the Peak District.
The event also incorporates a triple challenge giving entrants a chance to be crowned 'King of the Hill' in a timed hill climb, triumph in a largely downhill 10K sprint section and cross the finish line first to lift the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield title.
Hallamshire Harriers’ Dave Archer secured top position at the inaugural race, coming home in 1:13:20, more than two minutes ahead of Gavin Keight (1:15:20) and Jonathan Walton (1:17:09). In the women’s competition, Ripon’s Sharon Barlow continued her fine 2015 season form with a winning time of 1:22:57; Tori Green (1:23:42) and Zanthe Wray (1:24:13) took second and third respectively.
The Sheffield event, organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All in partnership with Sheffield City Council, forms part of the Plusnet Marathon Series that also features Leeds Half Marathon and Yorkshire Marathon.