Runners across Sheffield can expect a series of new marked out routes across the city thanks to a new partnership with England Athletics. 11 new routes, which begin at 1k and scale up to 10k, will be installed in seven different locations as part of Sheffield building its reputation as The Outdoor City.
England Athletics has provided a total £100,000 to the project, which has a long term aim of building over 20 new routes by March next year. The funding has been secured by Sheffield City Council’s economic development agency, Creative Sheffield and Parks and Countryside Services and is in line with England Athletics’ pursuit of getting 2.4 million people in the country running once a week.
All of the routes will start from the city’s parks or woodlands and offer various levels of difficulty. Once launched, England Athletics will assist in increasing the awareness of the routes to allow for as many runners as possible to access them.
England Athletics Chief Executive Chris Jones commented on the exciting developments of the project: “This is the largest of the run routes projects England Athletics has undertaken. We’ve supported a number of significant schemes, including others in the North West such as the 3-2-1 Run England routes in Liverpool…but are delighted to be able to support a project on the scale of this one in Sheffield.”
Chris added: “The first 11 run routes have been carefully selected to appeal to all people; not just people who already run. Essentially we want everyone to have access to well signposted, well designed running trails that they can use to run, walk and that are accessible to all.”
These routes will be mapped out in the following locations: Lowfields Park and General Cemetery, Ponderosa, Weston Park, Crooks Valley Park, Bradfield Dam, Concorde Park and Wooley Woods, Manor Fields, Graves Park, Millhouses Park and Ecclesall Woods.