Over 7,000 runners are expected to make the second staging of the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield another resounding fundraising success. Last year’s event, organised by the Run For All team, raised an estimated £350,000, and, with a larger turnout expected on Sunday (10 April), there are hopes a similar figure can be reached.
Showcasing the very best of Sheffield, the scenic and challenging route takes the runners out of the city centre and along Ecclesall Road. The course then turns right and climbs up Knowle Lane and Ringinglow Road to reach a section of the course offering superb views of the Peak District.
Some familiar faces, including World Cup referee Howard Webb, superstar boxer Kell Brook, Rugby League stars Barrie McDermott, Terry O’Connor and Keith Senior, are set to take part in the race.
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.
Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon event director Charlie Tatman said: “We were delighted with the success of last year’s first Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield. The thousands of spectators who cheered the runners on created a great atmosphere and we look forward to welcoming everyone on Sunday.”
Last year’s race saw Hallamshire Harriers’ Dave Archer secure top position 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.