When it comes to taking on an event there’s no shortage of choice. But which suits you best?
If you’re not afraid of a hill, the Asda Foundation Sheffield Half Marathon on Sunday 8th April is the one for you. There’s a climb out of the city centre and you are rewarded with incredible Peak District views at the top.
The scenic and at times challenging route starts in Arundel Gate and takes the field into the hills above Sheffield before returning to the city centre and the big finish outside the Town Hall in Pinstone Street.
A popular feature of the event is the three chip-timed challenge in one. Entrants take on the overall half, tackle the King of the Hill mile-long climb and put their speed to test in the final downhill 10K.
There is great camaraderie among the runners and the fantastic encouragement of the spectators ensures that hill is soon conquered.
For those who enjoy a big city atmosphere and the cheers and encouragement of enthusiastic crowds, check out the Asda Foundation Leeds Half Marathon on Sunday 13th May.
One of Yorkshire’s biggest and oldest charity road races, this year sees the 33rd running of this popular event which in 2017 attracted nearly 9,000 entrants.
It is renowned for its supportive crowds, friendly volunteers and amazing atmosphere and is now widely regarded as one of the highlights on the region’s sporting calendar.
The route starts in The Headrow alongside Victoria Gardens, heads out of the city centre, takes in a section of the Ring Road and returns via Abbey Road and Kirkstall Road before finishing in Cookridge Street alongside Millennium Square.
Anyone up for the ultimate challenge of a marathon and seeking the variety of running through historic city streets, country lanes and charming villages should head for York on Sunday 14th October and the Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon.
With a scenic course, magnificent support and fantastic atmosphere it’s easy to see why the Yorkshire Marathon is so popular and has sold out each year since its 2013 launch.
This autumn marathon is now a major highlight on the UK’s running calendar and perfectly timed to put all that summer training to good use.
Described by The Guardian as “a course on which to smash your PB,” the largely flat route starts and finishes at the University of York. It takes the field through the city’s medieval heart and past the splendid York Minster before heading out along picturesque country lanes, through attractive villages and then back to the University for a truly-electric finale.
If the going gets tough, you can always look forward to some divine inspiration from “High Fiving Vicar” the Rev Canon Terry Joyce as you pass through Stockton-on-the-Forest. He has become a familiar feature of the marathon as since its launch in 2013 he has spurred on thousands of runners. Participants famously file past Stockton Church, patiently waiting to ‘high five’ the supportive clergyman.
All finishers receive a well-earned goody bag, top quality tech T-shirt and a great medal for a fantastic souvenir of your achievement. It’s no surprise that the Daily Mirror described this marathon as the ‘number 1 alternative to London’.
If your appetite for running matches Desperate Dan’s desire for cow pies, you could even tackle all three and take advantage of the savings offered by our White Rose Treble season ticket.
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Whichever challenge you opt to take on, good luck!