The third staging of the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield lived up to all of the pre-race expectations with almost 6,000 runners competing in spring sunshine. Embarking on a route that began at Arundel Gate, the scenic course moved out of the city centre and out into the hills above Sheffield with super views of the Peak District.
Staged in partnership with Sheffield City Council by Run For All, the half marathon is part of the legacy of the late inspirational Jane Tomlinson CBE and is now a key event in the race organiser’s portfolio. Since its inception, it has raised around £350,000 each year.
On the race front, Hallamshire Harriers’ Steven Bayton produced his second fastest half time to claim victory in 1:09:25, with Serpentine RC’s John Franklin in second (1:10:41) and Sheffield’s Joe Sweetnam Powell in third (1:13:55).
Sweetnam’s clubmate Sarah Lowery was a comprehensive winner in the female field in a time of 1:20:23 – Lowery has now bagged two consecutive half marathon victories following her success at Retford last month. Sally Fawcett (1:24:47) and Martha Hanby (1:24:57) were second and third respectively.
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. Terence Forrest completed the mile-long climb on Ringinglow Road in just over six minutes to claim his crown, while Queen of the Hill was eventual winner Sarah Lowery.
On a day when spectators generated a superb atmosphere, Run For All’s Tristan Batley-Kyle said everyone pulled together to make it a highly memorably event: “A huge well done to everyone who took part in the half marathon – we hope it was a day to remember. Thank you to everyone who helped make the event such a success, especially the volunteers who are the lifeblood of our events. See you next year!”
Entries for the 2018 event, scheduled for Sunday 8 April, are open at a discounted price. More information is available here.