Marathon and half marathon season is well and truly upon us and this Sunday (9 April) will see Sheffield exercise its hosting duties for the third staging of their popular 13.1-mile event. Organised by the Run For All team, the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield has received over 20,000 entries since its inception, with over 7,000 expected this weekend.
Showcasing the very best of Sheffield, the scenic and challenging route takes runners out of the city centre and along Ecclesall Road. The route then climbs 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 or Queen 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.
As ever, many of those taking part will be doing so for charity, with the event raising around £350,000 each year. Partner charities for 2017 include the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Macmillan Cancer Support, Myaware and Children’s Hospital Charity.
On the half marathon’s rise over the past three years, event manager Lynne Preston commented: “A huge reason for its popularity is the amazing reception that the city of Sheffield gives our runners. The support really is second-to-none and gives our participants a massive boost around what is a challenging course.
“We really hope that the half marathon will receive another rapturous welcome on Sunday 9 April – so if you’re not running, do get out there and show them your support!”