Thousands of runners were celebrating today after conquering the Asda Foundation Sheffield Half Marathon.
It’s one of the highlights of the city’s sporting calendar and large crowds of enthusiastic spectators turned out to cheer the runners around the scenic route which, following a climb out of the city centre, offered outstanding views of the Peak District.
The field started in Arundel Gate and followed a course that took them along Ecclesall Road, Knowle Lane, Ringinglow Road, Sheephill Road, Hathersage Road, Limb Lane and then back down into the city centre for the big finish near the Town Hall in Pinstone Street.
Some of the biggest cheers of the day were reserved for famous fundraiser John “the man with the pram” Burkhill, who was taking part to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The Handsworth pensioner, a familiar figure in many events as he pushes a pram while wearing a bright green wig, has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for the charity.
John – who received huge cheers around the course – made it home in 3hr 47mins 8mins
Other participants included Barnsley MP Dan Jarvis who put himself through his paces for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. It was a different kind of race for the prominent politician who is in the running to become the Elected Mayor of the Sheffield City Region next month. Dan finished the half marathon in 1hr 54mins 54secs.
As usual, however, the elite athletes led the way and first across the finish line was William Mycroft in a time of 1hr 11mins 12secs. Julian Lings took second place in 1hr 11mins 47secs with Steve Franklin in third in 1hr 11mins 54secs.
Nicola Squires was the first woman home in 1hr 19mins 21secs followed by Kirsty Longley who clocked 1hr 19mins 36secs for a second spot and Emma Parkinson who took third in 1hr 23mins 09secs.
The race also featured 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 challenge section and cross the finish line first to lift the Asda Foundation Sheffield Half Marathon title.
King of the Hill was Terence Forest who completed the mile-long climb on Ringinglow Road in a splendid 12mins 5secs. Queen of the Hill was Kirsty Longley who took 7mins 6secs to complete the climb. Fastest male in the 10K challenge was William Mycroft who clocked 31mins 18secs with the fastest female was Nicola Squires taking 34mins 41secs
The event was staged in partnership with Sheffield City Council by Run For All, part of the legacy of the late inspirational Jane Tomlinson CBE.
Tristan Batley-Kyle, head of events for Run For All, said: “We are enormously grateful to everyone who turned out today to make the Asda Foundation Sheffield Half Marathon such a superb event.
“We must give a special mention to the many volunteers who gave up their time to ensure the runners and spectators enjoyed a successful and safe event.”
Mandy Rivett, Asda Foundation Co-ordinator, said: “Sheffield is a city with a great sporting heritage and we are delighted to be associated with such a fantastic event as the Sheffield Half Marathon.
“It was wonderful to see so many runners taking on the challenge for some truly excellent causes. Well done to everyone involved.”
Entries for the 2019 Asda Foundation Sheffield Half Marathon on Sunday 14th April are now open! To celebrate, entry is just £25 for 24 hours – a big saving on the usual entry fee.
The event’s partner charities are Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Macmillan Cancer Support, Children’s Hospital Charity, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Sheffield Hospital’s Charity, St Luke’s Hospice, Cavendish Cancer Care, Sheffield Age UK and Snow Drop Project, which provides long-term support to victims of human trafficking.
The Sheffield Half Marathon is supported by Asda Foundation, Sheffield City Council, Marketing Sheffield, Sheffield International Venues, Fitness Unlimited, Erdinger Alkoholfrei, High 5, Aftershokz, Up&Running, Runderwear, JustGiving, Arla Protein, Bananakick, Hertz UK and BBC Radio Sheffield.
Notes to editors
Run For All is part of Jane Tomlinson’s lasting legacy. Jane Tomlinson CBE raised £1.85m for children’s and cancer charities before her untimely death from cancer aged just 43 in 2007. She made headlines across the world by competing in a series of epic endurance challenges from the London Marathon, ironman and triathlon competitions, to a 4,200 mile cycle ride across the width of the USA – despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
Her family continue to raise funds in her name, and through the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and Run For All, a massive £10m has now been raised for charities.
For more information, contact the Run For All press office on 0113 826 7764 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.