10 Aug

Sheffield Ready For Big Running Weekend

Jason Ward and Lisa Clowes

Organisers are getting set for a Big Weekend of Running as the first event of its kind in the UK opens its gates in just over two weeks time. The festival, which takes place over 25 - 27 August, comprises a children's farm themed fun run, junior race, 10K, 12.12mile trail race and the 56.5mile New Balance Ultra Tour of the Peak District.

Aptly named the Big Running Weekend, the festival has been coordinated by Sheffield-based retailers Accelerate and local charity Whirlow Hall Farm Trust to develop an Olympic weekend over the bank holiday.

The festival's lead event will be Sunday's New Balance Ultra Tour of the Peak District, which entails 56 miles of running across some of the best parts of the Dark Peak. The race is a qualifier for the popular North Face Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, with runners gaining qualification points for the event if they place well.

One competitor who will be taking part in the Whirlow 10K on Bank Holiday Monday is Jason Ward. Jason, a previous winner of the Sheffield half marathon, said the event is likely to bring back fond memories: "I remember coming to the farm as a kid, helping the farmer with his jobs, seeing a chicken lay an egg. I have high hopes for the race and I'd like to see loads of local runners out there enjoying my usual training run with me- it's a great route!"

Organisers are pleased with the uptake in entries so far, but provided an incentive for other runners to register. Lisa Clowes, fundraiser and event organiser, commented: "There's still space for more entries if you're feeling inspired to get out there after our Golden Girl's Olympic performance! We're guaranteeing future race entries for those who run this year."

For more information, visit the Big Running Weekend website.