Mayor Contender Dan Jarvis MP Takes on The Sheffield Half Marathon

Mayor contender Dan Jarvis MP in the running for a different kind of race as he takes part in Asda Foundation Sheffield Half Marathon.

Barnsley MP Dan Jarvis is swapping the House of Commons for the streets of Sheffield as he takes on the city’s hugely-popular half marathon this Sunday (April 8th).

Dan, who is vying to become the elected Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, will take on the famously challenging course for South Yorkshire’s Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Dan said: “I’m really excited to be taking part in the Sheffield Half Marathon this weekend, though I fear I have left the training a little late …  

“I’ve heard extremely good things about the event, not least that it obviously takes place in one of the best cities in the world!”

Dan will be joined by thousands of others on Sunday, including fantastic fundraiser John “the man with the pram” Burkhill, who will be taking part in his 1,000th event to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Handsworth pensioner, who cuts a distinctive figure pushing a pram while wearing a bright green wig, has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for the charity.

Also taking part for a good cause is student Bridie O’Hare, who was caught up in the Manchester Arena bombing last May and is raising money for the We Love Manchester emergency fund.

And former rugby league stars Keith Senior and Barrie McDermott are also among those lining up to join the masses.

A key feature of the Asda Foundation Sheffield Half Marathon, which enjoys a city centre start and finish, is a climb which takes the field into the hills above Sheffield and offers incredible views of the Peak District.

The scenic route 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 Sheffield Half Marathon title.

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.

A limited number of entries remain in the event, but online entries close soon. For more details go to

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