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 2016 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.
Mother-of-two Jeni, 32, had tackled several half marathons before, but was determined to set a personal best – and break the two-hour barrier for the first time – when she took on the inaugural Yorkshire Half Marathon: Sheffield.
Despite the hilly course being far tougher than other city half marathons, Jeni’s training paid off and she finished in 1:57, knocking 11 minutes off her previous PB and comfortably coming in within two hours.
She said: “Finding the time to train for a half marathon is tough when you work full time and also have a demanding toddler at home. But what really worked for me was training at lunchtimes with a like-minded group of colleagues. We all spurred each other on.
“On the day, it was the crowds that kept me going, especially on the King of the Mountain climb up Ringinglow Road and then back into town along Ecclesall Road. I knew I couldn’t stop and walk when there were thousands of people cheering me on.
“The atmosphere was just incredible, and reminiscent of the Tour de France in Sheffield the previous year. It was the support that got me round and enabled me to smash that two hour goal for the first time. Next year, I’ll be going for sub-1:50.”