Entries for the 2017 Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield are now open! Click here to enter.
A major event in the UK's running calendar, the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield which in 2017 takes place on Sunday 9th April at 9.30am - attracts thousands of runners of all abilities and spectators to the city's streets and raises many thousands of pounds for good causes.
With a city centre start and finish, the event boasts a super scenic route - with stunning views of the Peak District for those who conquer the climb to Ringinglow.
And the race even incorporates a 'triple test' giving entrants a chance to be crowned 'King of the Hill' or 'Queen of the Hill' in a timed hill climb, triumph in a 10K largely-downhill sprint section and cross the finish line first to lift the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield title.
Youngsters have the opportunity to be involved by signing up for the event's Arena Group Mini and Junior runs. The mini course covers a distance of 1.5K and is for children aged 3-8, while the 2.5K junior run is for youngsters aged 9-14. Entries for the Sheffield Mini and Junior 2017 will open soon!
A huge army of volunteers also contribute to ensuring that the event would live long in memory. Their efforts helped create an experience of which the whole of Yorkshire can be proud.
For a glimpse of the 2016 Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield race guide, click here.
Emma Sheehan, 23, from Crosspool, Sheffield took part in 2016's event after losing her dad to cancer just weeks before the event. In a bid to raise funds for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, Emma signed up to the event in 2015, unaware that by the time the day came around, her dad Dave, 56, would no longer be with them.
“Back in June 2015 when he was first diagnosed, I knew that I had to do something to raise money in support of this incredible hospital that had looked after us all so well. I signed up for The Plusnet Half Marathon and vowed to raise money for the place which had extended dad’s life so that we were able to spend those precious final months with him.”
Her cystic fibrosis can make breathing difficult and leave her struggling with injuries, but student Emily Burgin was determined to complete her first half marathon in Sheffield to raise money for a fellow sufferer.
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease caused by a faulty gene.
Emily said: “My lung function is lower than that of most people. When it was PE at school I was told I could sit it out but I want to run races to show that people with CF can do these sort of things.”