Countdown is on for the new Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield

The Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield will burst on to the city's Streets on Sunday April 12th when thousands of runners pull on their trainers for the all-new run.

The Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield will burst on to the city's Streets on Sunday April 12th when thousands of runners pull on their trainers for the all-new run.

Organised by Run For All, in partnership with Sheffield City Council, the event is on course to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for its 10 partner charities and other good causes.
Enthusiastic crowds are expected to contribute to a vibrant atmosphere as they cheer the runners tackling the 13.1 miles of the scenic route.

The race starts at 9.30am in Arundel Gate and finishes outside the Town Hall in Pinstone Street. In between the route takes the field into the hills above Sheffield and offers superb views of the Peak District before returning to the city centre.

And the race incorporates a triple challenge giving entrants a chance to be crowned 'King 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.

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Among those taking part is Sheffield boxing star Kell Brook, fresh from retaining his IBF world welterweight crown with victory over Jo Jo Dan. Kell, 28, is running to raise money for Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity. Others to stomp the streets include former World Cup and Premier League referee Howard Webb and TV favourite Harry Gration. Renowned local fundraiser John Burkhill, from Sheffield, will also help start the race.

Youngsters will also 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. Both runs are free to enter thanks to the sponsorship of document management specialists Arena Group. Every child crossing the finishing line will receive a goody bag and medal.

Children taking part in the Mini and Junior Runs are encouraged to raise a small amount of money to help a local cause. They can choose any charity of their choice or run on behalf of the official partner charity which this year is Sheffield-based Safe@Last, a charity working with and on behalf of young people at risk through running away. Fun and free family activities will be laid on by Plusnet in the Peace Gardens for both young runners and spectators.

Groups of colleagues and friends will also be getting together to take part in the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield's team challenge - a race within a race. Teams have a minimum of four members and there are three categories - open, mixed and female.

Sara Birkinshaw, Event Director, said: "We are really looking forward to bringing this new event to Sheffield. With its triple challenge, scenic route and city centre start and finish, it promises to be a colourful event with a great atmosphere."

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Coun Peter Rippon, Lord Mayor of Sheffield, said: "We are delighted that the race organisers have chosen such a beautiful route showing some of the stunning countryside which surrounds our wonderful city.
"It will showcase why Sheffield is such a great city to live, study, work and play. The climbs will be challenging but runners will be rewarded with some of the best views in England as they return down from Ringinglow to the finish line.
"I hope all those taking part enjoy the race and stay in Sheffield city centre afterwards, to refuel and enjoy the city centre's diverse range of culture and leisure attractions."

Andy Baker, CEO of phone and broadband provider Plusnet, the half marathon's title sponsors, said:  "We are obviously delighted that Plusnet is now involved with this new event that will raise a huge amount of money for lots of good causes. We are proud to headline sponsor. Good luck to all those taking part!"

Adrian Fitzpatrick, Arena Group managing director, said: "We have supported Run For All's mini and junior events since 2010 and the Sheffield runs are a great addition to the series. I'm sure all the children taking part will have a fantastic day."

The half marathon in Sheffield forms part of the Plusnet Series that includes the Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon and Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon.

The Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield's supporters and media partners are Plusnet, Asda Foundation, Sheffield City Council, BBC Radio Sheffield, The Star, Runner's World, Run247.com and Marathon Talk.

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