Since then the half marathon has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity – and the next outing is set to be another huge event with over 7,000 runners signing up!
The festival of running will also see hundreds of children take part in the Arena Group Sheffield Mini and Junior Runs on the same morning, bringing a huge splash of colour to the city’s streets.
The half marathon gets underway at 9.30am. Boasting a scenic and at times challenging route, it starts in Arundel Gate and takes the field into the hills above Sheffield with superb views of the Peak District before returning to the city centre and the big finish outside the Town Hall in Pinstone Street.
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.
Among those taking part are Rugby League stars Barrie McDermott, Terry O’Connor and Keith Senior.
Youngsters will also be able to experience the excitement of a mass participation run by taking part in the free-to-enter 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.
All those taking part in the junior runs are encouraged to raise a small amount of money for a good cause of their choice or run for this year’s partner charity, which is Whirlow Hall Farm Trust.
Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon Event Manager Lynne Preston said: “In three years, more than 20,000 people have signed up to take part in the Yorkshire Half Marathon and it has rapidly established itself as one of the must-do events in the region.
“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 9th April – so if you’re not running, do get out there and show them your support!”
Andy Baker, CEO of mobile, broadband, home phone and TV provider, Plusnet, the half marathon’s title sponsor, said: “Sheffield is our home city so we’re incredibly proud to sponsor the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon for a third year.
“Good luck to everyone taking part and a big thank you to supporters, volunteers and spectators who make it a really special day.”
Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “I’m very much looking forward to the third running of the Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield, which really does showcase Sheffield – The Outdoor City at its best.
“Although the route is undoubtedly a challenging one, the view from the top of Ringinglow Road across the Peak District is surely one of the best rewards any weary runner could hope for. I would go as far as to say that Sheffield is surely the most picturesque of almost any city half marathon, when you consider the blend of the beautiful rural landscape and the vibrant city centre finish.
“I hope the people of Sheffield who aren’t running this year will turn out and line the route, to offer their support and shout the thousands on as they run, jog and walk the 13.1 mile course.”
Adrian Fitzpatrick, Managing Director of Arena Group, said: “We are very proud to be again supporting the Sheffield Mini and Junior Runs. They are great fun for all the family and provide the children with an opportunity to support a very worthy cause.”
The event is supported by Plusnet, Sheffield City Council, BBC Radio Sheffield, Up&Running, Asda Foundation, ViiSana, Aftershokz and BananaKick.
Partner charities are Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Macmillan Cancer Support, MyAware, Children’s Hospital Charity, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, CLIC Sargent, Roundabout, Sheffield Hospital’s Charity, St Luke’s Hospice and Breast Cancer Care.