Thousands of runners steel themselves for the Asda Foundation Sheffield Half Marathon

Thousands of runners are getting ready to hit the streets of Sheffield for one hill of a challenge.

 

One of the best-loved events in the region, the Asda Foundation Sheffield Half Marathon, on Sunday 8th April, is expected to generate a huge boost for local good causes.

A key feature of the event, 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.

It promises to be a very special day for 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.

Tristan Batley-Kyle, Head of Events for race organiser Run For All, said: “We are tremendously excited about what will be our first half marathon of the 2018 season.

“One of the features that makes the run so special is the superb support the people of Sheffield give the participants. They generate a great atmosphere that is much appreciated by all those taking part as they make their way round this challenging route.”

Mandy Rivett, Asda Foundation Co-ordinator, said: “This will be the foundation’s first involvement as headline supporter of the Sheffield Half Marathon and we are delighted to be associated with such a successful event.

“It provides a wonderful opportunity to support some excellent charities and I would like to wish all those taking part the very best of luck.”

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.

Entries are still open for the event. For more details go to https://www.runforall.com/events/half-marathon/sheffield-half-marathon/

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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 press@runforall.com.

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