Charity spirit radiated throughout Sunday’s Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield as almost 6,000 took part in the event’s second staging. Organised by the Run For All team, the half marathon forms part of the lasting legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson CBE and, like the 2015 race, is expected to raise upwards of £350,000.
Showcasing the very best of Sheffield, the scenic and challenging route took runners out of the city centre and along Ecclesall Road. The course then climbed up Knowle Lane and Ringinglow Road to reach a section of the course offering superb views of the Peak District.
The race also featured a triple challenge giving entrants a chance to be crowned 'King or Queen of the Hill' in a timed hill climb, triumph in a largely downhill 10K challenge section and cross the finish line first to lift the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield title.
Setting a new course record and ousting last year’s winner, John Franklin was first to cross the line in 1:10:24. Hallamshire Harriers’ Dave Archer improved upon his time from last year yet took second in 1:10:50, with Robert Ton third (1:11:16). Archer’s clubmate, Zanthe Wray, secured a convincing victory in the women’s field in 83:12, with Jenny Evans second (85:42) and Kate Hastings third (86:49).
Run For All event director Charlie Tatman said: “A huge well done to everyone who took part today – we hope it was a day to remember. Thank you to everyone who has helped make today such a success, especially the volunteers who are the lifeblood of our events. See you next year!”
Entries for 2017 are now open; more information is available here.