Runners ready to rise to the challenge of Asda Foundation Sheffield Half Marathon

Steel City runners and fundraisers prepare for biggest half marathon to date.

The streets of Sheffield will be a riot of colour and noise on Sunday 14th April when thousands of runners of all abilities take part in the biggest Asda Foundation Sheffield Half Marathon to date.

As well as being one of the region’s most popular runs, the Steel City half marathon is expected to raise tens of thousands of pounds for good causes.

Among the runners will be a Tiger, Giant and two Rhinos; recognisable to all Rugby League fans. Former Huddersfield Giant Eorl Crabtree, ex-Castleford Tigers star Andy Lynch and former Leeds Rhinos greats Barrie McDermott and Keith Senior will be running for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

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.

Some of the field will be out to win bragging rights by lifting the trophy in the Sheffield Half Marathon Team Challenge, supported by TheBusinessDesk.com. Each team will have at least four members and the average time of the first three finishers will determine the winners.  

Tristan Batley-Kyle, Head of Events for race organiser Run For All, said: “The Sheffield Half Marathon is definitely one of the highlights of our 2019 season.

“It provides the entrants with a scenic route and a real challenge. There is always a great atmosphere thanks to the crowds who turn out every year to give the runners fantastic support.”

Mandy Hepworth, Asda Foundation Co-ordinator, said: “Last year was the foundation’s first involvement as headline supporter of the Sheffield Half Marathon and what a brilliant day it turned out to be.

“I am sure this year’s run will be equally successful and I wish the very best of luck to everyone taking part.”

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 the Snowdrop Project and Sheffield Futures.

The Sheffield Half Marathon is supported by the Asda Foundation, Sheffield City Council, Arla Protein, Erdinger, BBC Radio Sheffield, Motorpoint, Front Runner High 5, Runderwear, Aftershokz, JustGiving and Sheffield SuperTram.

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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