The streets of Yorkshire will be awash with colour on Sunday April 10th when thousands of runners pull on their trainers for the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield.
Last year’s inaugural event, organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All, proved a great success and raised a magnificent £175,000 for its partner charities alone.
Tens of thousands of pounds more were raised by runners running for other good causes of their choice, taking the overall total to an estimated £350,000.
And with over 7,000 runners set to take part, this year’s event is on course to be another great success.
The race gets underway at 9.30am. Boasting a scenic and at time 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 former Premier League and World Cup referee Howard Webb, superstar boxer Kell Brook, Rugby League stars Barrie McDermott, Terry O’Connor and Keith Senior. They will be joined by former Sheffield MP and Minister for Sport Richard Caborn.
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 Asperger’s Children and Carers Together (ACCT).
Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon Event Director Charlie Tatman said: “We were delighted with the success of last year’s first Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon-Sheffield. The thousands of spectators who cheered the runners on created a great atmosphere and we look forward to welcoming everyone on April 10th.”
Andy Baker, CEO home phone, TV and broadband provider Plusnet, the half marathon’s title sponsor said: “We’re delighted to be part of the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon for a second year. Sheffield is our home town and we’re proud to be involved in such a significant event. Good luck to all those taking part.”
Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Talib Hussain said: "This event showcases Sheffield at its best – a vibrant city centre with some of the nation’s finest countryside on our doorstep –strengthens our reputation as a city of sport and reinforces our status as The Outdoor City.
“It’s wonderful to see the many runners, spectators and hospitality businesses who open their doors, here on a Sunday, getting involved and soaking up the buzz around the city centre. We know this will be another fantastic year for the half marathon and wish all those taking part the best of luck.”
Adrian Fitzpatrick, Arena Group managing director, said: “We are very proud to be again supporting the Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield’s 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, Radio Sheffield, Asda Foundation, The Star, iPro Sport, Aftershokz, BananaKick and Viisana.
Partner charities are Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Macmillan Cancer Support, myaware, Children’s Hospital Charity, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, CLIC Sargent, Roundabout, Sheffield Hospitsal’s Charity, St Luke’s Hospice and Breast Cancer Care.
Entries are still open for the event. For more details go to www.theyorkshiremarathon.com